There is nothing better than sinking your teeth into a freshly picked, super sweet strawberry from your own strawberry patch. You can have your berries and eat them too with these easy methods.
There are many variety’s of strawberries from which to choose when it comes to planning your strawberry patch and many methods of planting and growing your berries. So how do you choose?
Some great Varieties for the Midwest Region
1. First pick your berry type according to its use: eating, canning, preserving etc…
June Bearing Strawberries
2. Space: How much space do you have to grow your berries. Raised beds are great for many reasons, but if you don’t have the space or time then the barrel is a great option.
Strawberries are runners so keep that in mind when planning your patch. Always read the planting distances on your plant instructions.
Do you want them elevated or direct plant into the ground.
Here are a few ideas to get you started.
- Always plant in full sun
- Plant in virgin soil if possible but never where you have grown other berries or tomaotes
- Plant when the danger of frost has passed.
- Plant in well drained soil
- I always plant about 18″ apart which looks like a long ways when you first plant. Remember they fill in quickly once established.
- Harvest berries in the early morning hours every two to three days unless it is really hot then daily.
- Use compost in your planting holes and as a mulch around your plants
- Give your plants 1″ of water per week
- Don’t let fruit sit in damp conditions.. they will develop fungus and rot . A little straw helps to elevate the fruit
I have had strawberry beds, strawberry barrels and commercial hanging strawberry planters.
My favorite is the raised strawberry bed. From my experience it was by far the easier of the methods to maintain and produced more fruit than the hanging baskets or barrels.
However, Barrels are wonderful if you have limited space.