Growing Food

How to Grow Super Strawberries!

Strawberries blog post
Strawberries are one of our favorite things to grow! The sweetness and flavor in home-grown strawberries simply can’t be beat! They’re easy to grow and will come back year after year and continue to spread. Strawberries are one of the few plants that we don’t even attempt to grow from seed. It takes up to three years for a plant to produce fruit, so it’s generally better to buy transplants from the nursery instead of starting from seed.
 

How to Grow:

Strawberries can be planted 4 weeks before your last spring frost or 6 weeks before your first fall frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.

Strawberry plants are typically bought at a nursery since they are very difficult to start from seed. Strawberry plants can be planted 4 per square foot in the full sun. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Strawberry plants will require at least weekly watering with more frequent in hot and dry weather.

Companion Plants:

Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these. Herbs are especially great companion plants because they help to repel pests from your other plants!

         Good Bad
Bush Beans Onions Broccoli
Chives Oregano Brussel Sprouts
Lettuce Sage Cabbage
Marigolds Spinach Cauliflower
Marjoram Tarragon Garlic
New Zealand Spinach (Tetragonia) Thyme Kale
    Kohlrabi

 
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Pests:

Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common pests for <plant name>:

Learn more about how to manage pests and attract beneficial insects in our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App!

Harvesting:

You will typically begin to be able to harvest after 1-2 years. Harvest as the fruit turns color and ripens. Leave a short piece of the stem attached when harvesting.

Cooking & Eating!

There’s nothing that tastes quite like a freshly picked, home-grown strawberry! We eat them fresh right from the garden and add them to salads, smoothies, and any other recipe calling for strawberries. They can also be frozen or made into jams or jellies for preservation.

 

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