Best way to grow strawberries in your own diy vegetable garden! How to build an above ground planter box and what soil you should use to get juicy fruit this summer.
If you’re looking for the best way to grow strawberries, you won’t want to miss out on these great tips! With summer right around the corner, the time is now to get that strawberry bed and garden ready!
How to Grow Strawberries
Growing strawberries isn’t all that difficult but it’s important to follow the simple steps outlined below. After all, you’re wanting to make certain that your strawberry garden blooms some of the most delicious strawberries possible, right?
- Is there anything more delicious than fresh grown strawberries? Being able to go outside and pick a strawberry right out of your own backyard is simply amazing.
- FIRST you need to build a garden yourself! These raised beds will become the perfect strawberry planter for your growing season.
All of our plants are already going CRAZY and it is only the beginning of June! Creating a raised garden bed is key! I explain above how to build one yourself but the depth for most plants is 6 inches minimum. Strawberries can be a bit more shallow since their roots aren’t too deep but that’s a good thing to keep in mind.
Make that dream a reality this year and follow these tips for how to grow strawberries!
Best Way to Grow Strawberries
Want to know a little secret? Strawberries are actually so simple to grow, that you can grow them almost anywhere. While many people choose garden beds as their place to plant, you can do window sill boxes or even planters as well. As long as you have some space, potting mix, water, and sun, those strawberries will blossom and grow!
Do strawberries grow best in the sun or the shade
This can be a little bit of a trick answer, but the short answer is that they grow best in the sun. BUT, they don’t have to be in full sun all the time. Strawberries can be planted in areas that receive partial shade as long as they are getting 6 hours or more of sunlight.
So basically, what that means is that opens up even more opportunities for strawberries to be planted and grow!
- If you’ve never had a true homegrown strawberry that doesn’t come from a store, you are 100% missing out. There’s nothing quite like harvesting strawberries you’ve grown yourself.
- I assure you, you too can become a home gardener bearing strawberries juicy and perfect too.
What is the best time of the year to plant your strawberries
This is where strawberries are awesome. It is a good idea to plant your strawberry plants in the early Spring or Summer, they’ll bloom quickly then. Don’t plant them in the winter when it’s cold or wet as they’ll fail to bloom at all!
- Plus, in as little as 2 months, they’ll be blooming and growing strawberries!
Depending on where you live, you could possibly plant in the early Spring and have fresh strawberries in early Summer! (Strawberry shortcake anyone?)
How often should you water your strawberry plants each and every day
Strawberries are thirsty little fruits. Since they are shallow rooted, they really need about an inch (or more) every single day. But, here’s the key. The sun can be a beast shining down all day and can cause havoc on the leaves of the fruit if you aren’t careful. If you are taking the time to water your strawberry plants, do so early in the morning before the heat hits or later in the evening after the sun has set.
How far apart should your strawberry plants be planted in your garden
They need room! If you plant them too close together, they won’t be able to send out their rummers successfully to grow and grow year after year. A good rule of thumb is to plant each plant 8 inches apart, possibly even up to 12 to 18 inches.
And that is for when you are planting them in the same row. You also need to take into consideration that your rows need space between them as well and those should be spread apart to have about 36 inches between each row.
Not only is that space helpful to allow the plants to have room to grow, but it also gives you a bit of room to walk between the rows to pick all those beautiful, red strawberries!
What is the best possible soil for growing strawberries
You’re going to want to make certain that your soil is rich with nutrients and has a pH between 5.5-6.5. While they can and will grow in other soil conditions, these are the ones that will result in growing the best strawberries.
- And in case you didn’t know, strawberries are perennial plants. This means once they are planted they will continue to grow and produce fruit, year after year!
Let that sink in! All you have to do is make certain that you set up your strawberry bed perfectly the first time. Then you’ll get years worth of delicious strawberries without having to do much more work. (You’ll have to weed and water of course!)
- We built a DIY compost bin which is great for creating nutrient rich soil year round.
What to do with a lot of strawberries
Now that you know the best way to grow strawberries, what are you waiting for? Make our lemon meringue strawberry shortcake, enjoy as is sliced or put on top of your cereal. Take the time to follow these tips and you’ll be amazed at the outcome.
- You may find that you have so many homegrown strawberries coming out of your ears that you have to share them with your family and friends!
- If you have a small area to work with you can try hanging baskets too but some types of strawberries may not flourish as well there.
- Key is to keep it weed free and choose a strawberry variety that can be closer to one another.
Make this year be the year of the strawberries!
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