Fresh Strawberries ūüćď

Fresh Strawberries ūüćď

Our strawberry plants were organically grown in our garden. We purchased them as suckers and they have thrived and expanded. They are fed plant based fertilizer, which we will go into detail about later.

We now have an abundance of strawberry plants to share. A few seasons ago we planted a few in pots and they've have produced many strawberry babies. There were 23 suckers (small plants) in a single one of our pots. Yes, they had become incredibly root-bound. I felt a little disappointed that i had let them grow so wildly, had I neglected them? Anyway, needless to say they needed more space so they could continue to thrive.

The solution was easy, separate the roots gently, and make new homes for them in new pots. Once this was done, there were still many strawberry plants left over. So here we are, ready to share with you. 

Growing Strawberries

Growing your own food is imperative, we have collectively moved away from the source of our food; and the result is that we have lost a piece of our sovereignty. Strawberries plants are an easy place to begin to reclaim that. They are very easy to grow.

One of the main things I appreciate about strawberry plants is once well rooted and cared for they are able to weather cold winter temperatures. Yes, that means snow and below freezing temperatures. Our plants have stayed outside the last several winters and they have survived. In fact, strawberries are often sown in the fall so they can weather the winter and pop up in the spring. 

We have grown them in large planters. 

The reason why we chose this method is because we can conveniently encourage the berries to hang over the brim of pot. This way they stay off the soil, preventing them from rotting prematurely.

You can put them directly in the soil but it is recommended that you lay hay at the root of the plant for the berries to rest on. This method also keeps the soil well moist. See the image below for a point of reference. 

LB at a strawberry farm in Fishkill, New York. 

 

Nile & LB at the strawberry farm in Fishkill, NY. 

 

Another method is working with strawberry planter, pictured below. This is a similar growing method to the large planters we use. 

         

Getting them Rooted

Strawberries prefer to be planted deep in sandy loam soil with lots of of organic matter. Organic matter entails pieces of wood, decomposing leaves, small stones, etc. 

Plant them 12-18 inches part. 

When transplanting your strawberries be sure that the roots are well covered and the plant is well rooted and sturdy in its new home. See first link below for diagram. 

Watering Strawberries 

Strawberries prefer moist soil, so water as needed keeping the soil well moist. 

Fertilizing Strawberries

To fertilize our strawberries, we blend water and banana skins -- left over from when we make smoothies, banana, bread or a simple snack. This creates a brown, banana scented, slightly gelatinous liquid that makes for the perfect fertilizer for strawberry plants. It is important that they get the proper nutrients, especially during their flowering/fruiting season which typically lasts from late April through June. Some species of strawberries have longer fruiting seasons. 

For More Information & Gardening Tips View the Links Below.

1. https://bonnieplants.com/how-to-grow/growing-strawberries/

2. https://www.gardeners.com/how-to/planting-and-growing-strawberries/8413.html

 Fruitful planting,

LB