DIY - Scrumptious Strawberries
It's strawberry season! This time of year we celebrate our strawberry harvests by making wonderful desserts, salads, drinks and smoothies with this delicious fruit. Growing your own strawberries is easy and harvesting the plump juicy fruit will be the real treat. Whether you're topping your morning cereal with them, making a fresh smoothie or making strawberry jam or a strawberry cake, your home-grown strawberries will taste even better than store-bought berries. Plus, growing them at home saves you money! Strawberries are perennial plants that come back year after year. Plant them this year and enjoy the literal fruits of your labor for years to come.
Plant strawberries in the ground in the spring in a spot that receives full sun (6 -8 hours of dun each day) and has well-draining soil. They will grow more than a foot tall and wide.
Step 1: In the ground, space your plants 1 - 2 feet apart and space rows leaving a foot in between. Dig a hole for each plant and mix the native soil at a 50/50 ratio with EB Stone Planting Mix.
Step 2: Remove the plants from their nursery containers and place the plant in the hole. Backfill the holes with the mixed soil and tamp down to remove any air pockets.
Step 3: Continue this process to the top of the pot, then plant a strawberry or two at the top.
For everbearing strawberries, remove the first set or flowers so you have bigger berries with the next set. If you plant June bearing strawberries, its best to remove all the flowers the first year and wait to let it fruit the second year.
Now, enjoy yummy strawberry and basil salads, strawberry jam on a biscuit, chocolate covered strawberries....the recipes are endless...or just pop them in your mouth and enjoy their natural sweet flavor.
- 3 - Strawberry Plant
- 1 - Bag of EB Stone Planting Mix