Growing your own strawberries has many advantages. When you grow your own berries, they will be much better in terms of quality, and fresher, too. You will also save a lot of money. Here are some tips on planting strawberries.
Strawberries are easy to grow, but like anything else, you need to start properly. Buy virus-free boot / baby plants to ensure a good harvest. Strawberry plants are plants that are very robust, and can be grown in an area outside or, conversely, if you do not have a large garden, you can grow a variety in pots and containers. I have grown some in an old pair of rubber boots with the toes cut off.
If you are going to plant strawberries in raised beds in your garden, you must first prepare the soil. That’d be easy as strawberries are not very picky about the type of soil you have. If the soil is extremely fertile, then this will encourage foliage real well at the expense of fruit. If the soil is very poor, you’d need to add a chemical to correct low soil fertility (available in garden centers) before planting.
Most plants are usually grown in rows, and strawberries are a bit different. You will need to space your plants about 30-45 cm (12-18 inches), and make your rows about 50 cm (20 inches). The reason for this is that such an arrangement promotes good aeration and circulation which reduces the possibility of disease spreading and, of course, this allows plants to grow comfortably well. The same applies when you are learning how to plant potatoes. One plant can produce healthy fruits as many as 20 strawberries, so bear this in mind when you plant.
Know that your plants need care, and remember that your strawberries will require you to have them watered from time to time under normal conditions. If the soil is too dry, then make sure you water them well. Also take care of any weeding problems, and that’s all you need to do.
When the fruit is ripe, pick them and enjoy. When all your strawberries have been harvested, you will have to fix some of the plants, and remove any “corridors” (long wire rods with seedlings at the ends). You will also have to decide whether you’d want to use some of the old plants or start over with new plants in your garden.
If your plants have been free from viruses even from the very beginning, there is little that will go wrong. Some people recommend straw being placed around the base of plants to stop the rot of strawberries, but this is entirely optional. Birds are the only problem, so you may need to cover the plants as well. The planting of strawberries and watching the development of your own fruit can be very rewarding, and it becomes very useful when you eat them with your favorite deserts. Learn more at DIY gardener, where you can learn how to grow cucumbers and more about gardening and home improvement.