When it comes to choosing which berries to add to your organic garden, you can’t go wrong with summer’s favorite fruit — strawberries.
Packed with Vitamin C and fiber, strawberries make the perfect nutritious and delicious snack. Eat them alone or add to jams, pastries and smoothies.
Nothing says summer like the sweet taste of homegrown strawberries. So, let’s get planting!
The first step in planting strawberries is choosing the right variety.
- June-bearing strawberries produce one large harvest in late spring or early summer.
- Ever-bearing strawberries produce 2-3 harvests of fruit intermittently during the spring, summer and fall.
- Day-neutral strawberries continuously produce fruit throughout the growing season when temperatures remain between 35-85°F.
Ask an associate at your local garden center for recommendations for the best variety for your region.
Strawberries need lots of sun, so choose a spot accordingly. Soil should be loose and fertile with a pH of 5.5 to 7. If the pH level is too high, add Espoma’s Soil Acidifier for ideal soil conditions.
Plant strawberries in the spring as soon as the ground is workable. Space plants about 18″ apart. Dig holes deep and wide enough to accommodate the entire root system without bending it. Bury the roots, but not the center crown – it requires lots of light and fresh air.
Mix in an organic starter plant food, such as Bio-tone Starter Plus, to keep roots strong.
Encourage growth by adding Espoma’s Holly-tone, an organic plant food perfect for acid-loving plants such as strawberries.
Expect ripe berries about four to six weeks after the plants blossom.
Small Space Strawberries
You can still have delicious strawberries if you garden in a small space. They make perfect container plants! Hanging containers add aesthetic value and are a conversation starter. When plants are off the ground, there is also a decreased risk of pests and disease.
Simply fill a container with Espoma’s Organic Potting Mix and follow the same instructions above for planting strawberries in containers. Water plants well. Set the container in an area where it will receive at least 6 hours of sun. Rotate the container regularly so all sides receive equal light.
Whether you’re planting large beds of strawberries or starting with one small container, these tips will ensure success.