Fresh strawberries may be found in plenty in grocery shops throughout the months of May and June. Nevertheless, what if you desire strawberries throughout the year but don’t want to pay a premium price? Strawberries are easy to cultivate and store if you do it yourself. One of the simplest fruits to cultivate in a backyard garden is the strawberry, which may be grown from seed. An experience that is well worth having.
June is the month during which June-bearing strawberries, according to their name, produce the majority of their fruit. Because several types have the propensity to produce berries that are somewhat bigger and sweeter than those produced by ever-bearing plants, these plants are popular in grocery stores. Strawberries that grow their fruit in June send out several runners, so it is important to space them at least 18 inches apart in nutrient-rich soil that drains well. Runners may be moved to another plot as early as the beginning of October.
Because there are so many berries that become ripe all at once, the fruit that is produced by trees that bear fruit in June is often used to make jams, jellies, and other types of preserves. The process of canning is not as challenging as many people believe it to be, and beginning with an acidic product, such as strawberry jam, simplifies the process even more.
Everbearing bushes also yield berries that are tasty and juicy, despite the fact that many people believe June-bearing variety are superior. Because they bear fruit from spring through autumn, you need to pay a bit more care than usual to the fertilization and watering of the plants. Everbearing variety of strawberries, like all other types of strawberries, need slightly acidic soil, with a pH ranging from 5.5 to 6.5. The addition of peat moss, compost, or well-rotted manure can assist maintain an acidic ph while also contributing nutrients to the soil.
The vast majority of everbearing cultivars produce very few or even no runners. In a garden, they should be spaced out at a distance of 12 inches, but when grown in a container, the distance should be 8 inches. If you grow your berries in containers and position them in a bright setting that is also easy to access for watering, fertilizing, and plucking, you will be able to savor each and every berry.
In contrast to its relatives, Alpine strawberries only yield very little, dime-sized fruit that, even when mature, may be any one of three colors: red, yellow, or white. They often have a powerful taste that is a combination of sweet and sour, and they grow fruit throughout the whole summer. They thrive in rock gardens as well as containers, but if you want to harvest them for consumption, it is recommended that you plant them in pots since they are simpler to access.
There are very uncommon instances in which strawberries will not blossom. If you put some Epsom salts on the ground around them, they should start flowering soon. Magnesium deficiency, which is common among flowering plants, might inhibit flowers from opening. Epsom salts are composed mostly of magnesium, and since they are very soluble, dusting them on soil shortly before watering should be sufficient to give the plants with what they need.
The Best Strawberry Fertilizer
Nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium are three nutrients that are essential for strawberry growth. For this reason, these nutrients need to be given via fertilizer. You should also avoid using a fertilizer that contains pesticides or any other potentially harmful chemicals, since you will be selecting the berries with the intention of eating them once you have harvested them.
Compost, especially organic compost, is widely recognized as the most effective form of fertilizer for almost any plant, including strawberries, and this includes strawberry plants. Compost may be made in a variety of methods, but at its core, it requires “brown” matter, which might take the form of decomposing leaves or manure that has undergone sufficient decomposition. In addition to it, “green” stuff, such as grass clippings, is required. Kitchen scraps made of vegetables are another source of potentially useful nutrients. Peels of apples and potatoes, the tips of carrots or celery, and the like may be added, as can the ends of almost any fresh vegetable. Calcium and a number of other minerals are added by eggshells. Do not, however, include any meat or milk products in the compost since doing so would cause it to become “sour” and will promote the development of germs that are harmful to plants. In addition, none of the onion, scallion, or garlic that you may have should be included. These foods have been shown to inhibit the development of a variety of plants, including strawberries.
Compost benefits from the addition of nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus that manure provides. Always use the utilization of aged manure. Because fresh manure contains an excessive amount of nitrogen, it may be harmful to the plants, leading them either to stop flowering or to produce fruit that is mushy and squishy. In addition to this, fresh manure may include hazardous organisms such as E. coli, worms of the intestinal parasite kind, as well as other types of worms and worm eggs. Chicken excrement may also carry Salmonella. When you’ve been working with manure, you should always wash and disinfect your hands, and you should also wash berries before eating them.
In addition, fish emulsion may be used in the process of fertilizing plants. If your strawberry plants have a pale green hue and don’t seem to be in good condition, the high concentration of nitrogen found in fish emulsion may be able to aid. Fish feces may be dissolved in water and sprayed directly onto plants to the point where the plants are dripping with moisture. In passing, I’d like to mention that fish emulsion is a useful tool for keeping deer away from strawberry patches.
So, which kind of strawberry would you recommend eating the most? Why not test it out by planting all three and seeing what happens?