Keen on growing strawberries? Winter is an excellent time to get them planted in the garden.
Are you growing strawberries yet? Now is a great time to get some strawberries in your garden. Strawberries need a period of cold to ensure they flower and fruit well.
Planting them early will allow them to establish stronger roots before spring. In spring they can put their energy into flower production.
Choose a nice sunny spot to plant your strawberries. The more sun, the bigger and better they'll be. Try aim for a minimum of 6 hours.
Ensuring you have a good soil starting base is key if you want lots of delicious strawberries. It needs to have good drainage and be packed with nutrients.
There's not need for shop-bought stuff, you can make it yourself! Lots of organic materials such as compost, rotted manure, chopped seaweed and leaf mould will help produce a bumper crop.
Keep your strawberries well mulched too to retain moisture and nutrients.
As the first flowers start coming through in spring on your smaller plants, you can remove the first lot if you like. This will push the plant to produce larger flowers in late spring and summer.
After they finish fruiting, strawberries will send out runners. How many of these runners you keep is up to you. Some people choose to snip most runners off to allow the parent strawberry plant to put its energy into establishing itself as opposed to growing offspring.
I suggest letting at least a few runners grow. Strawberries do their best fruiting in the first three years, after that you can replace the older plants with a new runner.
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