For All of Those Who Are New to Growing Strawberries

Helpful Tips for Growing Strawberries This Season

For those of you who are new to growing strawberries, I have a pleasant surprise. Here's everything you need to know to get your new strawberry garden started successfully. If you're going to spend the time and money investing in a strawberry garden, you want to get off on the right foot. Here's some berry growing tips you can't be without...

Picking Your Spot

One of the key factors in growing strawberries is picking the right spot. You'll need an area of land that has direct sunlight and soil with a pH from 5.8 to 6.2. If animals, such as rabbits, can get to the area where you are planting your strawberries you need to put up fencing to protect the plants. You'll want to start planting this spring, as soon as the soil is dry enough.

Choosing Your Strawberry Plants

There are three main types of strawberries to choose from when growing berries. These include June bearing strawberries, everbearing strawberries and day-neutral strawberries. June bearing strawberries tend to be the most popular and produce the largest fruit. However, if you don't mind smaller fruits everbearing or day neutral might be right up your alley. Everbearing produce two to three harvests per year and day neutral produce all season long.

Planting And Caring For Your Strawberry Plants

When growing strawberries the best way to plant them is in rows that are about four feet apart with 18 to 24 inches between each plant. If you don't mind waiting for your berries, pinch of the flowers the first year. It will ensure better crops in consecutive years. Make sure you mulch between plants and water them with 1 to 2 inches of water per week. When berries do develop, pick when ripe and enjoy!

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