Growing Strawberries: Tips for Growing Strawberry Plants in Your Home Garden
Have you considered growing strawberries in your home garden? If you’re a strawberry lover, growing them for yourself is certainly worth considering.
In fact, you don’t even have to have a garden to grow strawberries. There are several new-fangled ways for growing strawberry plants that don’t even require a plot of ground.
And if you try your hand at growing your own strawberries, when you get that first harvest you might decide that you’ve never really eaten a strawberry before. Not a REAL one, anyway.
The Best Reason for Growing Strawberries
If you’ve never had a fresh picked, sun-ripened strawberry right off the vine, then you really haven’t had a strawberry!
The strawberries you buy in the supermarket (you know – those berries that were picked before they were ripe and shipped hundreds or thousands of miles) might look OK.
They might even taste OK.
You might even be quite fond of them.
But you also might not know what you’re missing…
You Can’t Beat Fresh, Vine-Ripe Strawberries
That’s a lesson I learned a number of years ago when I was involved in running our family’s pick-your-own farm. We grew blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and peaches. And we decided to add a couple of acres of strawberries.
At the time, I didn’t even think I particularly liked strawberries.
Oh, I could tolerate strawberry shortcake as long as the strawberries were heavily sugared. And strawberry jam was OK.
But to eat a strawberry straight up that wasn’t doused in sugar? Nasty tasting! No thanks!
Well, our 2 acres of strawberry plants grew great. And customers were going NUTS over them! One day I was out working in the strawberry field, and this one particular strawberry caught my attention.
It was a big, ruby-red beauty of a berry, sparkling in the sun like a jewel nestled amongst a cushion of lush, emerald-green strawberry leaves. And even though I didn’t like strawberries, I just had to have it. Its beauty overwhelmed me!
So I picked it, sniffed it (it sure smelled good!) …and took a tentative little nibble.
That’s when I learned that I do like strawberries – REAL strawberries, that is. That strawberry was sugary sweet, with an intoxicatingly intense flavor unlike any of those supermarket berries I’d choked down in the past!
So I gulped down the rest of that berry, wiped the sun-warmed juice off my chin, and went looking for more.
I eventually got back to my work.
I still don’t care for supermarket strawberries. But now I know that I do like REAL strawberries. (Yes, I’ve become a strawberry snob!).
Have YOU Had a REAL Strawberry Lately?
If you’ve never had the pleasure of biting into a berry that set your taste buds to tingling while the sugary juice dribbled off your chin, well – let’s fix that. Let’s grow you some strawberries!
Strawberries require a bit more effort and planning than some crops, but they’re really not too difficult. And there are lots of fun and innovative methods for growing strawberries, even if you don’t have a patch of ground for a garden.
So just browse through the links below and gather up some great tips for growing strawberry plants. I think you’ll have fun growing them.
Planting strawberries is usually fun, easy work. Once you’ve prepared your soil for strawberries, and the best time to plant strawberries has arrived, just following these few tips about how to plant strawberries will get you off to a good start.
Providing proper care for strawberry plants is all about providing the proper amounts of water and strawberry fertilizer…and a few other things.
Growing strawberries in containers can be an excellent way to grow strawberry plants when you don’t have enough garden space for them, or if your soil just isn’t suitable for strawberries. Growing strawberries in containers is also a great way to experience the delight of fresh, tasty homegrown strawberries when you don’t even have a garden.
If you have a patio or balcony – some place where you can place your strawberry planters where they’ll get plenty of sun – you can grow strawberries.
There are a number of innovative techniques for growing strawberry plants in containers. Some strawberry planters are as simple as a plain pot, while others are a bit more high-tech like a strawberry tower. But whichever method you choose for growing your strawberry plants, you can produce some very high-quality strawberries, and have lots of fun doing it.
Here are several methods for growing strawberries in containers:
A PVC strawberry tower is an innovative way to grow lots of strawberry plants on a small plot of ground. This strawberry planter would work well on a patio or deck, and if used in a greenhouse, you could be picking strawberries before the outside strawberries are even blooming.
Using strawberry pots to produce homegrown, succulent strawberries offers many advantages. These strawberry planters are attractive, portable and functional. And they’re available in many shapes and sizes.