Gardening – How To Plant A Strawberry Patch

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There are several steps to growing strawberries, including choosing the right variety, prepping the soil, and planting the strawberries. We will also discuss when to plant your strawberry patch, and how to mound the planting ground. Lastly, we’ll cover the most important steps to consider before planting strawberries. Read on for a comprehensive guide to growing your own strawberries. Then, plant your strawberries with success! The results of your labor of love will be worth the wait!

Choose The Right Variety To Grow

The first step in growing strawberries is to decide which type of plant you want. Strawberries like well-drained soil, full sun, and a pH between 5.5 and 7.5. You can amend your soil with lime or sulfur before planting your strawberries. If you’re worried about soil quality, check out reputable sources for tips on strawberry care. Once you’ve decided on a type, consider the spacing and harvest dates of your plants.

The time between bloom and first harvest varies widely from one cultivar to another. It takes approximately 18 to 45 days for strawberries to bloom, but it can take longer. The berries can vary in color when they reach ripeness, so be sure to taste them. Strawberries store best in the refrigerator, so pick them during cool part of the day. If you plan to process your strawberries, you’ll want to select varieties that have long necks.

After you’ve selected a suitable site for your strawberry patch, you need to decide on the type of raised bed you want to use. Depending on your budget and aesthetic preferences, you can opt for an elevated wooden or plastic bed. If you have a sunny porch, an elevated wooden bed will work nicely. Otherwise, an elevated plastic bed will work well. However, you should plan on harvesting less than your expectations for the first year. However, over time, your bounty will increase.

Preparing The Soil

Before planting strawberries, prepare the soil for optimum growth. Strawberries grow best in well-drained soil that has a pH between 5.5 and 7.5. Test your soil first and add compost and lime, if necessary. If your soil is lacking in nutrients, add sulfur to balance the pH level. You may also want to add some organic matter. In addition to compost, strawberries need plenty of sunlight and space.

For better growth, amend the soil with organic matter. Organic matter is dry leaves, bark, and compost that breaks down into micronutrients in the soil. Commercial soil mixes often contain organic matter, which means that they are made of plant-based matter. To avoid the use of chemicals, buy organic soil mixes certified by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI).

If you have already started to prepare the soil before planting your strawberries, wait a year before planting. You can kill off the grass, prepare beds, and add extra drainage. Before planting, take soil samples and get them tested by your county’s OSU extension office. This will give you a better idea of what to expect from your strawberry patch. If your soil is not acidic, you can add ground limestone.

When To Plant Your Strawberry Patch

There are several things to consider before planting your strawberry patch. First of all, strawberry plants require full sun and a pH level between 5.5 and 7.5. To ensure that your soil is optimum for growing strawberries, you can test the soil by double-digging it and adding a bit of compost. They also do best when planted close together but should be planted far away from other plants. Avoid planting your strawberries near roses, as these plants are related and may have diseases in common.

Secondly, decide how many quarts you’ll need each year. A June-bearing plant should be pruned when flower stalks begin to appear and allow to grow to their full size before fruiting. A day-neutral plant, on the other hand, should be pruned as soon as blossoms appear and allow fruit to set in August through October. If your strawberries don’t set fruit in their first year, you’ll need to provide extra water, up to 1.5 inches per week. Make sure to avoid watering the soil too frequently, but it’s still important to keep your strawberries healthy and thriving.

Mound The Planting Ground

The first thing you need to do when planting strawberries is mounded up the planting ground. You can do this by measuring the area horizontally and vertically. Then, use the Phurba to create raised beds and footpaths between rows. Then, slowly form each bed. Afterward, you can plant strawberries. The beds will look better than straight rows, and they will be easier to maintain and harvest.

The spacing of strawberries is important. If they are planted too closely together, they will compete for sunlight and nutrients. Therefore, it is best to space them at least eight inches apart. If you have a square foot garden, you can even plant one strawberry plant in each square. This is a good strategy for maximum fruit production, but be sure to leave enough space between rows for weeds to grow.

Prevent Weeds With A Barrier

Mulching your strawberry plants is a great way to prevent weeds and conserve soil moisture. But, there’s another way to protect your berries: Lay down a layer of straw. This mulch can be purchased or collected locally, but it’s best to use a seed-free straw. You can also use pine needle mulch, which is inexpensive and sustainable. This mulch is great for strawberry plants because it blocks weeds and keeps soil moisture from evaporating away.

Weeds like curly dock, horseweed, and sow thistle can quickly establish at the edges of your strawberry patch. And they produce seeds that can move into your strawberry patch, as they grow along ditches and fence rows. Herbicides such as horseweed are approved for use on the soil surface of your strawberry patch, so you can use them safely.

If you can’t afford to buy a special weed barrier for your strawberry patch, landscape fabric is a great solution. Landscape fabric is laid over the soil, covered with mulch, and the plants are planted through holes in the fabric. These fabrics can effectively control weeds, but they can be vulnerable to wind and other conditions. It is better to plant a barrier than to risk the weeds growing up and taking over your strawberries.

Long Term Care Of A Strawberry Patch

Taking care of strawberries means keeping them in good condition and in full sun. Strawberries need full sun to thrive, well-drained soil, and a pH of 5.5 to 7.5. Before planting your strawberries, test your soil for these factors. If the soil isn’t quite right for strawberries, add some lime or sulfur to the soil. If the soil isn’t acidic enough, add more lime or sulfur, and weeds will remain less plentiful.

After harvesting, make sure to thin out the plants. During the growing season, strawberries produce most fruit. To extend the life of a strawberry plant, perform yearly renovations of the bed. You can remove foliage, keeping diseases under control. Just remember to protect the crown of the strawberry plant from the pruning. If you don’t want to spend too much time weeding, you can always cut off all leaves and shoots and mulch your beds to keep them healthy.

You can also plant strawberries in rows with space between them. It is best to plant strawberry plants in early spring, as fall planting can cause soil heaving caused by freezing and thawing. When planting, make sure the crown is above ground level. Space the plants evenly, leaving 4 feet between rows. Strawberries send out runners, and you should plant them a few inches apart. You should space them at least 12 inches apart.

Row Covers To Prevent Frost Manage

If you’re planting a strawberry patch in a cool climate, you may want to consider row covers to prevent frost. They’re not only beneficial for late-season freeze protection, but they can also help your patch avoid early frosts. Lightweight row covers are an affordable way to protect your patch from frost. You can even add overhead irrigation to prolong the life of your row covers. In any case, row covers are a worthwhile investment.

The type of row cover that you use will affect the level of protection provided by the cover. Lightweight plastic covers are less effective at protecting against frost, so you may want to use double-layer plastic if possible. However, you must remember that you should only use row covers when temperatures are below freezing. For best results, apply row covers on the day before temperatures begin to drop. A heavier cover will also restrict light, so you must remove it as soon as possible.

If you’re planting strawberries in a cold climate, you’ll want to use row covers. Row covers are plastic fabric draped over a frame. A clear row cover will allow sunlight to reach the plants, while a synthetic one may cause the plants to suffer from weather shock. A synthetic row cover can also lead to fungal infections or burns. To protect your crop, you may want to use straw mulch and fabric row covers to prevent frost damage.

Mulching Your Strawberry Patch For Winter

If you’re planning to harvest strawberries this winter, you need to know how to mulch your strawberry patch for the cold months. In Minnesota, the temperatures in December are usually just above average and snow does not cover the ground, so you still have time to prepare your patch for winter. If your strawberries are in containers, you should insulate them, as well. Winter temperatures below 18 degrees Fahrenheit will cause flower buds to freeze and kill them.

There are two basic types of mulch: inorganic and organic. Both of them help preserve moisture, suppress weeds, and improve the quality of soil. Straw is a preferred mulch for strawberries and is usually the result of chaff that comes from grain harvests. A bale of straw covers about 30 feet of a 4-foot-wide matted row. It’s not only economical but also environmentally friendly.

How to Grow Strawberries: Planting A Strawberry Bed

Recipe – Strawberry Blonde Milkshake

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Here is the 1960 strawberry blonde recipe, which is a quick any easy way to use some fresh strawberries.

Servings

  • Makes 2 servings

Equipment

  • one blender
  • one measuring cup
  • one paring knife

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries washed, hulled, and diced
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 1 tablespoon raspberry, red grape, pomegranate juice cranberry, or red jamaica tea (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar or the equivalent of your favorite sweetener.

Directions

  • wash, hull, and diced fresh ripe strawberries
  • put strawberries in blender container
  • get crushed ice from your refrigerator or other source and add ice to the blender container
  • poor in milk
  • cover blender container
  • pulse blender until desired texture is achieved, normally a few pulses
  • pour into serving glasses and garnish, if desired

Cook’s note

  • If working with frozen strawberries, use 2 cups of diced frozen strawberries and skip the crushed ice in a recipe. This will make it a little richer, a little colder, and denser.
  • Whole milk works best, but other types work fine, as well
  • For a thick and extra rich drink try half milk and half yogurt (or greek yogurt)

How many strawberries to plant per person?

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A Basket of Strawberries Near Strawberry Patch

Nearly everyone loves strawberries. However, most of them never even see a strawberry plant, much less grow one. Growing your strawberries, however, can be a fun and healthy alternative to spending money on commercial strawberries in the market or grocery store. Strawberries should be a permanent fixture in a garden. It is hard to predict the number of strawberry plants to order when planting but the following guidelines will help you to know how many strawberries to plant per person.

First, each strawberry plant typically produces about a 1/4 of strawberries annually. Varieties such as Ozark Beauty produce two major crops and a few berries throughout the year. When planted together, they total about 1/4 of total production.

Varieties like Tristar and Tribute (day-neutrals) produce scattered berries over the growing season, and other time s up until the first frost. day-neutrals usually produce a bit smaller strawberries, but they can produce up to a quart in a good environment. Last, the most popular types are June-bearers which produce one main crop of larger berries, totaling more than a quart of the total production.

Freshly Cultivated Strawberry Field

Generally, for fresh consumption, a minimum of six to seven plants per person is required. Thirty to thirty-five well-cared strawberry plants should feed six people. When you are plan on freezing strawberries, fifty to sixty strawberry plants would be advisable – a minimum of ten plants per person. These figures are the minimum. If your family is a voracious strawberry eater, it’s advisable to increase the number of strawberry per person to at least ten for fresh eating and more than a hundred for preserving for year-round consumption.

Make sure you read the information about growing strawberries to get the plants off in the right direction once you have planted strawberry. And, don’t forget that late-season care is essential for the highest strawberry production. The attention you give strawberry plants will determine the number of strawberries you will harvest.

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Cooking – How to Dry Strawberries in a Dehydrator

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Have you ever tasted a dehydrated strawberry before? If yes, you know how delicious and amazing they are. Dehydrating strawberries is one of the ways you can enjoy their delicious taste.

Thus, in this article, I’m going to share with you tips on how to dehydrate strawberries using a dehydrator. Continue reading and get the concept of dehydrating strawberries at home using a dehydrator.

Freshly harvested strawberries

Ingredients

• One (1) pound strawberries. However, this will depend on the size of your dehydrator; you may opt to work in smaller batches

Directions

  • Wash your berries well and dry them.
  • Removed the leaves and the green parts being careful, not to waste too much of the berry.
  • Slice your berries in 1/8 inch thickness. Put all effort to make sure your slices are as even as possible to ensure they evenly dry
  • If you care about the color of your dried strawberries, you may want to toss them in some lime juice.
  • Once you are done with slicing the strawberries, arrange them well on dehydrator trays. Ensure none is touching the other. This will help airflow as well as allowing them to dry in a proper way.
  • Turn your dehydrator on and set its temperature to about 135 degrees F. (However, this may depend with the instructions from the manufacturer of your machine).
  • They may take about six (6) to fifteen (15) hours to dry.
  • Make sure you’re rotating the trays to ensure they evenly dry, and it will also help in speeding up the process.

Recipe – Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

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This is a quick and easy way to use up a package of frozen strawberries either from the store for the garden and to use up some yogurt either homemade or even store-bought. This is a tasty way to put a nice cool refreshing treat on the table for a warm summer day or just an after dinner dessert.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups frozen strawberries (800g/ 28.2 OZ)
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (125g/4.4 OZ)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons honey

Directions

  • In the bowl of a food processor, combine the frozen fruit, Greek yogurt, vanilla extract, and honey. Process the mixture until it is creamy, about 5 minutes.
  • Serve the frozen yogurt immediately or transfer it to an airtight container and freeze it until ready to serve.
  • There are a few important tips for transforming frozen fruit into fabulously healthy Greek frozen yogurt:
  • You can use any type of frozen fruit in this recipe.
  • You can use any flavor and percentage of fat yogurt (Greek or regular yogurt).
  • You can add honey based on the sweetness of the fruit and your own taste preferences.
  • You can add in peanut butter, Nutella, chocolate chips, nuts or any other mix-in involved in your frozen yogurt fantasies.

Recipe – Strawberry Panna Cotta

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This is a nice low heat way to use up some early summer strawberries. Also, they can make a nice treat for friends and family on a weekday order for entertaining.

Strawberry Panna Cotta Ingredients

  • Cream 250 ml (8 fl)
  • Milk 125 ml (4 fl)
  • sugar – 90 gr (3 oz)
  • half a vanilla pod (can be replaced with 10 grams of vanilla sugar)
  • 1-2 tsp gelatin (depending on the desired consistency, 1 tsp- more tender, 2 tsp- denser)
  • strawberries 300 gr (10 oz)

Strawberry Panna Cotta Directions

  • Pour gelatin 60 ml of cold water and stay to swell for 15-20 minutes
  • In the saucepan pour the cream 33% milk and add 45 gr (1.5 oz) sugar.
  • Cut the vanilla bean and collect the seeds, put them in a saucepan with milk and cream
  • Heat the mixture to a boil, then cool to room temperature.
  • After it has cooled, add it to gelatin (remember that at high temperatures gelatin loses its gel-forming properties)
  • Pour the mixture over the glasses and put in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.
  • If you have a mixture left, you can pour it into a silicone mold and refrigerate
  • Add to the strawberries and sugar, then blend until smooth
  • We take out the chill pannacotta from the refrigerator and pour strawberry jam on top and decorate with mint.

Bon appetit!

Recipe – Homemade Strawberry Trifle

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This strawberry trifle is three desserts in a manner of speaking.  The strawberry trifle has a layer of strawberry jam, a layer cookie mix (or cake if you like) and a layer of whipped cream cheese blend.  What more could you ask for? Additionally, it’s fairly straightforward to make and if you’re pressed for time you can take the shortcut of using commercial strawberry jam to make this trifle.

Ingredients

  • Strawberries 400 gr (13 oz)
  • Cookie 155 gr (5 oz)
  • Cream cheese 400 gr (13 oz) – Warmed to room temperature
  • Cream 33% or heavy whipping Cream 200 ml ( 6 fl)  – Chilled
  • Vanilla sugar 1.5 teaspoons
  • Sugar 90 gr (3 oz)
  • Powdered sugar 100 gr (3 oz)

Directions

Prepare Strawberry Jam

Cook’s Note:  you can use ready-made jam from the store and skip this step, but you may want worm it slightly to make it more fluid.

  • For this, put strawberries and sugar in the saucepan and boil (about 15 minutes at medium temperature).
  • Rub through a sieve or run it the blend blender, the jam must be homogeneous.

Prepare Whipped Cheese Blend

  • Whip cream with powdered sugar and vanilla sugar until soft peaks.
  • Whip cream cheese
  • Then, gently fold into the whipped cream blend

Fill Trifle Glasses

  • Take one of the trifle glasses, and pour in some jam
  • Then, put some a cookie or cookies on top.

Cook’s Note: you can use any cookies or pieces of cake you choose.

  • Followed some creamed cheese blend.
  • Repeat the layers until the glass is filled.

Decorate Trifle Glasses

  • Decorate the trifles with fresh strawberries and mint
  • For best results, this trifle should be stored in the refrigerator and given 45 minutes to an hour to chill before serving.

Recipe – Strawberry Cottage Cheese Parfait

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This is a really simple homemade cottage cheese parfait recipe and I admit I kind of been loosely interpreted what is a parfait. However, this recipe has several things going for it. Among them are:

  • no cooking required,
  • the recipe is basically an icebox recipe, so, the recipe is perfect for hot weather
  • the cottage cheese makes the recipe a protein filled dessert with all the benefits of fresh strawberries,
  • while these instructions will be basically for two people that, this recipe is very scalable, and
  • exceptionally simple to assemble.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2  cups chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup cottage cheese (I like the large curd variety, but use what you like)
  • 2 teaspoons pomegranate juice (or grape juice, strawberry balsamic vinegar, etc.)
  • one or 2 teaspoons of sugar or your favorite sweetener

Directions

  • in a small bowl mix the chopped strawberries and 2 teaspoons of juice and set aside temporarily. If you want to sweeten your strawberries use it to tablespoons of sugar or your favorite sweetener now. However, we typically eat sweeten our own since my wife likes it sweet and I like it without the sweetener.
  • in two medium-sized glasses place to tablespoons of cottage cheese
  • next, add a tablespoon or two of strawberries.
  • repeat the layering process at least once more, but be sure to save some strawberries for the top as the garnish.
  • At this point, you can either serve now or place them in the refrigerator for later.

Cook’s note: this recipe would work perfectly fine using frozen strawberries slightly thawed, but it won’t be quite so pretty. You could also blend the fresh strawberries or frozen strawberries two make a thick syrup.

How best to serve

  • Because of the fresh strawberries and the cottage cheese, this dishes best serve chilled.

Servings

  • This recipe serves two servings, one glass each.

How to Freeze Strawberries

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Frozen Strawberries

Freezing can be a quick and easy way to store fresh strawberries for later use.  Especially, for cooking or beverages, such as smoothies.  So, here is a bit of information to get you started.

Choosing and Preparing Strawberries

Select fully ripe, firm strawberries with a deep-red color. Discard immature and
defective fruit. Wash berries in several changes of cold water. Remove caps and drain.

Prepare using one of the following methods:

Dry Pack

  • Pack berries into plastic freezer bags. Seal, label, and freeze.

Sugar Pack

  • Slice berries lengthwise in halves or thirds. Mix 1 part sugar to 6 parts
    sliced strawberries. let stand until sugar dissolves, about 10minuts. Gently stir.
    Pack strawberries and syrup into plastic freezer boxes, leaving ½-inch headspace. Seal, label, and freeze.

Syrup pack

  • Prepare a heavy syrup. Leave strawberries whole or slice. Pack
    strawberries into plastic freezer boxes. Ladle syrup over berries, leaving ½-inch headspace. Seal, label, and freeze.

Puree

  • Combine 1pint strawberries, 4 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon lemon juice in
    food processor and puree. Pack puree into plastic freezer boxes,
    leaving ½-inch headspace. Seal, label, and freeze.

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Care and use of harvested strawberries

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When to Use Strawberries

Strawberries are highly perishable and should be used or preserved as soon as possible after harvest or purchase. If strawberries cannot be used immediately, then they should be removed from their containers and placed, single layer, in containers; and loosely covered and refrigerated. Strawberries should not be washed before refrigeration. This removes their natural protective outer layer and should be used within one to two days after refrigeration for best results.

How to Wash Strawberries

When washing strawberries leave caps (green leafy crown) on to prevent water from soaking into the strawberry, which may change the texture and flavor. Strawberries should be washed gently in cold water until all dirt and foreign material have been removed, this may require more than one washing. Once washed strawberries need to air-dry, or if pressed for time, they may be dried by the gentle use of a towel, use of a paper towel is recommended.

Cooking – The Simplicity of the Strawberry

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Strawberries are simple to use and can often be used with little preparation. Once thoroughly cleaned strawberries may be served raw as a garnish, a breakfast topping, a dessert, or a beverage decoration; let your imagination lead the way. Here are some ideas to get you started.

  • Using sliced strawberries as a covering; on cereal, French toast, pancakes, and waffles is flavorful, nutritious, and pleasing to the eye. A quick and easy to prepare strawberry sauce provides a different feel with all the benefits of sliced strawberries.
  • Decorating a beverage can be as simple as floating whole or sliced strawberries in any cool beverage you are serving in a punch bowl or clear glass.
  • Lightly sauced — with medium to large piece remaining — strawberries on Angel Food cake have long been a favorite with my family, especially with a small helping of vanilla or strawberry ice cream on the side as a garnish.

Strawberry Patch Site Selection

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Strawberry Patch

Site Selection

Among the most important factors in successful strawberry gardening is site selection. A well-considered site plan adds much to the longevity and quality of your strawberry garden. When choosing your strawberry garden site several factors are considered.

what you want from your strawberry garden

The first criteria for choosing your strawberry garden site is to determine what you want from your strawberry garden. If you are seeking fruit for your families table then traditional gardening strategies are best. If however, you are seeking a few berries to be eaten fresh with no need for large quantities of berries or perhaps, as decorative elements in and around your home, then a non-traditional strategy may be best.

Do You Have Space

Second, is space available to be used. Space will be needed not only for the creation of the strawberry bed but also to allow for renovation of the strawberry garden as it ages to ensure continued production and to allow time for old sites to be fallow to reduce disease and pest habitat. If you have space, consider designating a garden patch for the crop to be in production, the site for the next crop, a fallow site being green manured and otherwise prepared for a future next crop. Renovation and crop rotation are necessary continued production and plant health.

The Condition and Past Usage of the Site

Third, is the condition and past usage of the site. Strawberry garden will perform best:

  • With full sun, good drainage, and good air circulation.
  • Avoid locations where water may collect into pools even regardless of the season and those areas where water stands for weeks within a foot of the surface during the growing season.
  • In areas that have not been used as old strawberry, potato or tomato beds that have been in use for extended periods without a fallow year. These areas are liable to contain insect enemies or rust spores.
  • Land that has not been grass within one year or two is to be avoided, on account of the probable presence of white grubs in it.
  • Located strawberry beds away from large trees; large trees deprive plants of water and nutrients.
  • Avoid low-lying “frost pockets,” so your berries blossoms don’t freeze in the spring.
  • The strawberry patch will be a good deal easier to care for if a water source is nearby. You can then use a fine spray at sundown to ward off a late spring frost that threatens blossoms, and so you can water regularly in periods of drought when strawberries, more than any other fruits, suffer from lack of water.

Recipe – Strawberry Muffins

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It’s not fall, until you’ve had a taste of a delightful, scrumptious treat! Fresh strawberry muffins are a favorite muffin recipe in many households. These muffins are made with sweet fresh or frozen strawberries.

Recipe Ingredients

Ingredient

US measure

Metric measure

Chopped strawberries1 23 cups400 ml
All-purpose flour1 ½ cups360 ml
Baking soda½ teaspoon2.5 ml
Vegetable oil1/3 cup80 ml
Milk½ cup120 ml
Sugar2/3 cup160 ml
Vanilla extract½ teaspoon2.5 ml
Almond extract½ teaspoon2.5 ml
Salt½ teaspoon2.5 ml
Eggs2 large

Recipe Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line muffin pan with a paper liner, or grease the bottom of the muffin cups with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk eggs and oil until well combined.
  • Stir in vanilla extract and almond extract.
  • Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients, mix until well combined.
  • Toss in strawberries and lightly stir to coat with flour.
  • Stir in milk.
  • Spoon batter into muffin cups
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  • Allow muffins to cool for 20 minutes before removing them from pans.
  • Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely

Servings

This recipe makes 1 dozen standard-size muffins.

How best to serve the dish?

Serve warm or at room temperature with cream cheese, whipped cream or yogurt.

How to store

Place muffins in airtight container and store at room temperature for 3 days. If you wish to store them for a long time, wrap them tightly in foil or put in freezer bags, and store in the fridge.

How long can it be stored?

Frozen muffins can last for three months.

Recipe – Strawberry Biscuit

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Once it’s spring/summer, strawberries tend to find their way into almost every dish – salads, desserts, beverages. Yes! They usually appear, often taking center stage. Strawberry fruits and biscuits go together so quickly and easily.

Do you have too many strawberries? Then make this set of bright and beautiful biscuits – strawberry biscuits.  And you can swap out the strawberries with the other berries – raspberries, blackberries, blueberries.  The recipe is quick and easy to cook and is the perfect place to start for beginner cooks.

This recipe is a particularly good way to use those extra berries you need to use before they spoil. Be sure to use the more fragile/almost over-ripe berries because they work best, almost melting away into the baked goods. The firmer stock of strawberries, though equally healthy and delicious are less likely to melt and tickle.

The choice is yours.

Recipe Ingredients:

IngredientsUS MeasurementMetric Measurement
All-purpose flour  4/3 cups   186g
Baking soda½  teaspoon   2.5g
Baking powder1/2  teaspoon   2.5g
Salt¼ teaspoon   1.25g
Butter, room temperature1 stick   113g
Sugar, brown½  cup    87.5g
Sugar, granulated¼ cup    44.5g
Egg, beaten1 large + 1 yolk    1 large + 1 yolk
Vanilla, pure extract1 teaspoon    5g
Strawberries, diced2/3  cup   150g

Recipe Instructions:

Pre-Heat The Oven:

  • As your oven preheats to 350 degrees F (177 C), line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.

Mix Dry Ingredients:

  • Mix the dry ingredients: All-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together inside one medium-sized bowl and also set it aside.

Mix The Other Ingredients:

  • Mix the other ingredients: butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar together using another large bowl. Ensure that everything is evenly incorporated, appearing creamy.
  • Now, add the beaten egg and yolk, pure vanilla and mix until the whole lot is also evenly blended.

Combine Wet & Dry Ingredients:

  • Slowly stir in the dry ingredients into the wet one until both combine enough to form a batter.
  • Add the diced strawberry and get them folded into the dough being careful not to over mix so that the strawberries don’t become mashed up in the process (save a few with which to top your dough balls later to give it a bright redness.

Refrigerate:

  • Cover the dough and refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes. (This helps the strawberries to make the dough wet; and the wetter the dough, the more the biscuits spread.

Break The Dough:

  • Cut and roll the dough into small-sized balls and place them on your baking sheet.
  • Bake until the edges are a golden brown.

Cool The Biscuits:

  • Remove the baked biscuits from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet.
  • When relatively cool, transfer to the wire rack for complete cooling before use /storage.

Now you have a strawberry biscuit that’s both crispy on the edges and cherry at the center.

Note: You can make a quick strawberry butter for slathering on the biscuits ‘ tops using this recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1/8 cup strawberry
  • 4 tablespoons of soft butter.

Directions:

  • While the biscuit is baking, mash up the strawberries into the soft butter.
  • Freeze for about 20 minutes.

Note: This is a little difference that makes a world of difference in flavor.

How Best To Serve:

  • Best eaten hot out of the oven.
  • Can be served warm.
  • Can be used with Basil Honey Butter.
  • Can be served laced with fresh strawberries.

How To Store

Baked Biscuits:

  • Allow the baked
  • biscuits to cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Wrap and label the package in an airtight container with recipe name and date.
  • Freeze /Store at 0 degrees C or lower.

Thawing:

To thaw and reheat a single frozen biscuit:

  • For a microwave oven: Microwave on HIGH for 10-30 seconds.
  • For a conventional oven:
  • Pre-Heat your oven to 300 degrees F.
  • Place in the foil-wrapped package and heat the biscuits for 10 minutes ( if thawed) and 20 minutes ( if frozen).

How Long To Store:

  • Fresh and properly baked biscuits last for up to 1-2 days at normal room temperature.
  • Properly stored biscuits last for up to 7 days in the fridge.
  • Well-baked, properly-packaged biscuits can last and maintain the best quality for 2-3 months.

Note: The freezer time given is for biscuits that have remained constantly frozen at 0 degrees F, they will keep safe indefinitely.

Gardening – What are the fruiting habits of strawberries?

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Strawberry plants prefer full sun. They should receive at least eight hours of sunlight every day. Make sure the soil drains well. Choose a site free of low spots where frost can accumulate in the early spring. A gently sloping, south-facing hill is ideal. This type of plant will not bloom until the spring. After planting, be sure to thin the foliage to promote healthy growth. The fruit of the second year will be smaller than the first.

Strawberries have a set calendar for fruiting. During long, warm days, they generate runners and daughters. These stems are capable of rooting at every node. The runners and daughters are produced from the mother plant. This method means that the same strawberry plant can produce many daughters in a single season. The plant can be divided into several new plants by producing a large crop each year.

Strawberries form flower buds in late summer or early fall. When the temperature drops below a certain point, the plants move into dormancy. During the late winter, the plants revive and develop into a mass of flowers. The flowers are pollinated by insects and other creatures, but are also susceptible to excess moisture. They form leafless stems, or runners, that grow horizontally from the base of the leaves. The nodes produce clones, which are attractive to birds and other creatures.

While day-neutral strawberries are grown as an annual, they are also available as day-neutrals. If you grow a healthy plant with weed-free conditions, you can expect to harvest half to one pound of strawberries per plant. However, the yields from day-neutral plants are smaller compared to their June counterparts, and they can also produce a few runners. It is essential to remember that the fruits of both types of berries are edible, but there are several factors to consider when choosing a strawberry variety.

Depending on your growing conditions, you can select day-neutral strawberries to get a continuous supply of sweet berries. During their fruiting season, day-neutral berry-neutral strawberries produce fruit through mid-July. In addition to their long and healthy berry production, day-neutral strawberry plants also produce runners. Despite the different fruiting periods, they are all important.

When growing a strawberry plant, make sure to keep the soil free of weeds. Mulches are not required. The soil should be free of weeds. Runners should be kept healthy and thinned. Once they are rooted, it should be ready to be transplanted. If your strawberry plants are not yet fruiting, you should prune them. After a year, they will produce a new crop of berries.

Strawberry cultivars differ in their fruiting habits. Some need to be kept in a cool area for their fruits to develop properly. ‘Korona’ has a large crop with large, juicy fruits. ‘Cambridge favorite’ is a popular variety. Its long, luscious strawberry skins make it attractive to eat. Its delicious berry is sweet and juicy.

There are two types of strawberry: day-neutral and night-neutral. Day-neutral cultivars produce berries in temperatures between forty-six and ninety degrees. Older everbearing strawberry cultivars tend to be stronger than their day-neutral cousins. While both types of berry are edible, the latter is preferred for its high sugar content. You can buy a wide range of strawberries and enjoy the variety that suits your garden and climate.

The day-neutral cultivars are best for the garden. They produce fruit all-year-round. They are most vulnerable to frosts during the first year, but they are hardy. It is important to avoid late frosts as they can ruin your strawberries. The berry’s color also affects the time of the harvest. Moreover, the two types of berries have their own characteristics.

Unlike other fruits, strawberries have a distinct growth habit. In the first year, they must grow and develop from a single crown. In the second year, they will flower. During this period, their growth stops, and they will be dormant. During the last year of their growth, they will produce fruit in the fall, but they will not mature. This means that they will be dormant until June.

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How to Maximize Your Strawberry Garden

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Strawberry Patch

Strawberries are a low-growing perennial fruit that is easy to cultivate in gardens, and most varieties are aggressive spreaders. To maximize your production in the limited space permitted by most gardens, a careful gardener can greatly increase the production of even the smallest strawberry patch.  Gardeners improve yields, extend the harvest, and invigorate their strawberry patch.

To improve yield gardeners can:

Water adequately

  • Ensure that your plants are adequately water at all times. Strawberries have very shallow roots and are very sensitive to water privation. Therefore, gardeners should irrigate regularly; strawberries need about 1 to 2 inches of moisture each week.

Extend the fruit setting time

  • Extend the fruit setting time by protecting your plants against frost. In the fall strawberries set fruit during cool/cold weather until frosted upon. Protecting your strawberry plants from frost with plastic tents or cold frame scan allow plants set fruit long before temperatures turn to cold.

Selecting and preparing strawberry bed site

  • Properly selecting and preparing strawberry bed sites. Since strawberries are perennials they will be in a bed about three years before renovation becomes necessary, therefore, the correct site conditions will greatly impact yield. A site needs to be properly cultivated, have good drainage, have rich soil, be weed free, permit adequate sunlight and provide protection from pests and harsh weather. Strawberry beds should be situated where they can be easily irrigated.

Mulch strawberry plants

  • Mulch plants with straw, newspapers or other organic material to retain moisture. Mulching also helps to keep plants clean and disease free.

Weed control

  • Keeping strawberries well weeded conserves moisture and soil nutrients. Keeping strawberries free of weeds aids in protecting the health of the plant and fruit produced.

Renovation of the strawberry patch

  • Frequent and timely renovation of the strawberry patch can improve yields because older plants produce less fruit with age and concentrate on producing runners.

Extending the harvest season

  • Extending the harvest season can make the strawberry patch more productive. Perhaps the easiest way to extend the harvest season is to purchase Day-Neutral strawberry plants that produce strawberries over a larger portion of the year helping to reduce wastage. Day-Neutral strawberries produce a small crop spaced over a longer period allow the garden to pace their preserving process and to use more fruit when fresh.
  • Proper use of a winter cover mulch in cold climates allows the plant to produce earlier in the season when uncovered after the last hard frost and the strawberries grow more vigorously thereby getting an early start on achieving readiness to bloom and produce fruit.
  • Use structures, raised beds, or plastic tents to shield or plants. In cool climates plant strawberries on the south face of the house to provide a better habitat Planting on the south face of the house provide more sun earlier in the season and more warmth in the fall and winter.
  • Planting on both the north and sides of a structure can provide the best of both worlds. The plants on the southern face of the structure or using plastic tents will warm plants that will produce earlier in the season, and those on the northern face of the house will remain cooler in late spring and early summer and therefore will produce fruit later into the year.

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Gardening – Is the Strawberry a Fruit?

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Whether the Strawberry is a fruit or not depends on the definition used.

The question of “Is the Strawberry a Fruit?” has prompted a series of experiments involving strawberries. Undergraduates in Edinburgh have tempted strawberries with cheese, harshly interrogated them, and even given them money to go shopping. While the results are not yet conclusive, they could have significant implications for other fruits, including raspberries and pomegranates. To answer the question “Is the Strawberry a Fruit?” we should begin by exploring the biological definition of the fruit.

Fruit Vs Vegetable

If you are wondering if strawberries are a fruit or a vegetable, you are not alone. Fruits are a staple food in most households. However, there are exceptions. Fruits, like tomatoes, are technically a vegetable even though they are a part of the plant. Tomatoes are popular in savory dishes and have a savory yet sweet taste. This confusion has prompted the Supreme Court to rule that all grains are technically fruits, despite their botanical classification.

While a strawberry’s fleshy portion is part of the reproductive cycle, its ovary is a separate entity. While the ovary develops from the flower, a strawberry’s fruit is the edible portion of the plant. This distinction is often ambiguous, however, and many foods are considered both. For example, tomatoes and olives are technically fruits, but are often considered vegetables. And avocados are actually both fruits and vegetables.

A strawberry is classified as a fruit or a vegetable by botanists. A fruit contains seeds, and a vegetable does not. Although fruit is sweeter than a vegetable, a strawberry’s seeds help it reproduce. So, it’s a good idea to eat both fruit and vegetable in moderation. You can enjoy strawberry-infused products without feeling guilty about it. So, if you want to know if a fruit is a vegetable or a veggie, read this article carefully!

Botanical Definition Of Strawberries

There are several factors to consider in understanding the Botanical Definition of strawberries. These include the fruit’s edible parts, the berries’ stems, leaves, and roots, and the plant’s habit. Strawberries are a member of the rose family and are classified as a fruit. Unlike other plants, strawberries do not have hard outer shells. This distinguishes them from most other fruits and vegetables.

A strawberry fruit contains seeds in its red flesh. Strawberries start off as a yellow flower and develop into a red fleshy portion of the plant. This part of the plant is known as an achene. The achene contains one seed. The flower, which resembles a pear, is the most common part of the strawberry. Unlike other fruit, the strawberry possesses many characteristics that make it a popular fruit.

The berry is not a true fruit; it is an accessory aggregate fruit. The fleshy part of the strawberry is the enlarged receptacle of a flower. The berries contain a single seed, known as an achene, and are classified as an accessory aggregate fruit. The achene is responsible for the strawberry’s distinctive flavor and appearance. It is the same process that produces the apricot.

While strawberry fruit is delicious, it has a complicated classification system. While strawberries are classified as a forb and an herb, the plants’ structural characteristics help to classify them. The plant’s stems are very short and will not thicken to support a tall growth. Instead, they will grow by sending out seeds or stolons. This enables the plant to spread its seeds or stolons throughout the entire plant.

Strawberries Are A Popular Gardening Fuit

There are many benefits to growing strawberries in your garden, and the resulting luscious berries make a great gift for family and friends. This garden favorite requires a shallow root system, so regular watering is essential. Strawberries can transpire up to two inches of water per week, so irrigation should be scheduled at three to five days in intervals. It is best to irrigate your strawberry plants in the morning, allowing the soil to dry between irrigations. To avoid a risk of gray mold and fruit rot, sprinkler irrigation should be done in the morning.

The first step in planting a strawberry garden is to select the right cultivar for the region and climate. Strawberries can be planted in Zones 4-8. A bare root strawberry plant is available from a local garden center or online. ‘Purple Wonder’ is a June-bearing cultivar developed by Cornell University’s Courtney Weber. It will grow to a mature height of eight to 12 inches and a spread of 10 to 12 inches.

June-bearing strawberries produce a large crop during two to three weeks in early summer. In warm climates, these strawberries bear fruit sooner than June-bearing plants. In June-bearing varieties, flowers are removed in the first year. Everbearing strawberry varieties grow during long summers and fall seasons and bear fruit in two to three seasons. When planted in June, they should be watered well and pruned often to avoid a rotting mess.

Strawberries Use As fruit In Cooking

In addition to being used as a tasty dessert, strawberries can be used in many types of cooking. A compote made from fresh strawberries is a delicious dessert, and a strawberry-based chocolate cake can be a tasty treat, too. Strawberry-flavored cakes can be found in many varieties of bakeries, and you can easily incorporate them into your recipes. A layer cake that combines strawberry flavor and chocolate frosting is highly recommended by Cooking Light. Strawberries can also be used in salads, like in this recipe for strawberry dressing.

Strawberries can be used in smoothies and puddings, as well as in baking. They’re also delicious on their own, but when blended with cream or honey, they become an irresistible dessert. And if you’re looking for a sweet and healthy dessert, strawberries can also be added to smoothies or milkshakes to create a tasty dessert. Strawberries also pair well with tart rhubarb, which makes for a delicious summer salad. They’re also popular for snacks, and freeze-dried strawberries are a great way to make delicious fruity treats and toppings.

Strawberries can be served with or without the stem. When served as an individual, the stem serves as a handle for the fruit, but it’s important to remove the stem when using them in sauces or other cooking. Several ways to remove the stem can be used, including twisting the fruit in opposite directions to loosen the hull and stem. Once loose, squeeze the strawberry to remove its core. It should pop out easily.

Cream And Sugar Make Strawberries Cooking Fruit

Gardeners and cooks consider the strawberry a fruit because strawberries can be grown in the garden, in containers; indoors or outdoors and according to Williams and Fisher (1917, pg 227) because strawberries are seed-vessel eaten with sugar or as a dessert. Choose the definition you like best, for my money they are an invaluable part of any garden or meal for that matter.

The sweet combination of strawberries and cream is a classic summer dessert. It is even the famous Wimbledon dessert. Making a delicious and easy dessert with strawberries and cream is simple, and the berries and cream come together in a matter of minutes. This recipe calls for a medium-size saucepan, a grating knife, and heavy whipping cream. A food processor works best for this, as it makes it easier to whip the cream without cutting the fat. Heavy cream contains 30 to 36 percent milkfat, while half-and-half has about 25 percent.

When making a recipe with strawberries, look for a strawberry that is in its prime: it should be bright red, firm, plump, and uniform in size. It should also have a green leaf-like cap still attached. It should be ripe and fragrant, but it should not be brown or wilted. The cap should also be attached and have no soft spots or bruising. It should also be free of any red juice, since strawberries do not store well.

To make strawberry sauce without cornstarch, use arrowroot powder. This supercharged thickening agent is grain-free, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly. Make sure you add the arrowroot at the end of the cooking process, as heating will break it. Once the strawberries have been cooked, combine them with sugar and lemon juice, depending on the sweetness of your berries. You can use a potato masher or a blender to break down frozen strawberries before cooking.

Why Does The definition Of the Strawberries Matter

Strawberries are a low-growing, herbaceous plant with a fibrous root system and a crown from which basal leaves grow. Their flowers are small clusters with a sawtooth-edged margin and are typically white, but are sometimes red or purple. Strawberries are classified as accessory fruits, because they develop from other parts of the plant and have a significant amount of receptacle tissue.

In order to determine if the crop you’re growing is safe to eat, you should look for a reliable source of information. Food safety is the number one priority. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the safety of food. Listed below are guidelines for strawberry production. While strawberry varieties can differ from region to region, many are highly adapted to their home areas. A good guideline is to choose strawberries that are native to your region, but that may not necessarily be the best choice for your garden.

Strawberries are grown extensively throughout the United States. Three states, California, Oregon, and Florida are the leading producers. In 2013, California alone produced 2.7 billion pounds of strawberries and devoted over 50,000 acres to growing the berry. Almost every state and country around the world produce strawberries. They’re one of the most popular and widely consumed fruits in the world. In fact, Americans consume over eight pounds of strawberries every year, seven-fifths of which are consumed fresh, with the remainder being frozen. The United States ranks first in strawberry production, so it’s not a surprise that the fruit is so popular.

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Gardening – When to Plant Strawberries?

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Strawberry growers can’t wait until the last minute; they need to plan ahead if they are going to get a crop that you can be proud of. Here are some helpful tips for you to get started:

Best Time to Plant Strawberries In Ground

The Best Time to Plant Strawberries in the Ground depends on the variety and the climate of your home. They grow best in areas with mild winters and cool summers. If you are growing a day-neutral variety, you can plant it in late summer or early fall. You can harvest the fruit as early as June, but be aware that yields tend to decrease drastically the following year. To increase later yields, you can mulch the bed and pinch blossoms.

In addition to planting strawberries in the ground, you can grow them in barrels and containers. You can manage their roots well in barrels or containers. Containers have small roots, so you should manage them like an annual hill system. Make sure to irrigate your container garden frequently so that the root system stays cool. Don’t use dark-colored containers, as the soil can become too hot during the summer.

To plant strawberries in containers, place them about 12 inches apart in a shallow bed. Ideally, the crown leaves of the strawberry plant should be just above the soil. Strawberries need at least eight hours of sunlight daily. You can plant them in light shade or under a partial shade of 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. If you plant strawberries in containers, be sure to transplant them to larger pots once the last spring frost has passed.

When To Plant Strawberries Under Cover

When to plant strawberries under cover in spring or autumn? It all depends on the climate and your soil pH. Many berries do better in acid soils than in neutral, so do some research to determine which type is best for you. However, there are some things you can do to make the transition easier. Here are a few tips to get you started. Listed below are the most important things to consider before planting your strawberries.

Strawberry plants require a minimum of six months to bear fruit. They grow their roots in the fall and are fed throughout the winter, but do not resume growth until spring. It’s best to plant them in April or early May, when the soil is dry but not overly wet. For best results, use organic mulch or plastic mulch to discourage slugs. After planting strawberries under cover, don’t forget to water them frequently throughout the day.

Strawberry plants can be planted in 10 inch pots or hanging baskets. For best results, choose a sunny location where the soil is well-drained. Prepare the soil at least two months prior to planting. Clay soil, for example, should be amended with four inches of compost and raked into mounds. Sandy soil, on the other hand, can be lightly cultivated and covered with an inch of compost. Strawberry plants need a pH of 5.5 to seven. If your soil is naturally alkaline, you should amend it before planting strawberries.

When To Plant Strawberries Grown In Containers

Strawberries planted in containers require regular watering. They need about 1 to 1.5 inches of water a week during the growing season, from mid-June to mid-August. The soil should remain slightly damp, but not soggy. In addition, they need protection from insects, birds, and rodents. To protect them from these pests, add broken eggshells to the soil around the base of the plant.

Strawberries grow best in well-drained, moderately fertile soil. To improve the soil’s structure and provide better soil drainage, work in organic material a year prior to planting. Choose strawberry plants certified for disease resistance. Avoid planting runner plants from old established patches as they are often infected with disease. Make the holes deep enough to place the root ball straight down. The topmost root should be just below the soil surface.

When to plant strawberries grown in containers in spring and fall depends on the variety. Choose a variety that bears fruit during the growing season. June-bearing strawberries, for example, bear fruit during the spring, and ever-bearing strawberry plants, which produce fruit throughout the summer and fall. Pinch off all the flowers in the first growing season to encourage a flush of fruit. These strawberries are better for containers and need a large pot.

When To Plant Strawberry Seeds

The exact timing of when to plant strawberry seeds depends on whether you are planning to grow them indoors or outdoors. In a greenhouse, stratification can take between one and six weeks. Strawberries that will reach planting size require stratification fourteen to sixteen weeks prior to last frost. Once germination begins, seedlings should be placed directly on top of the soil or pre-moistened seed starting mix.

If you want to grow strawberries in the ground, the best time to plant them is in the spring or fall. Strawberry plants are prone to disease and pests after their third year. Mulch the soil to four inches and remove the mulch in early spring. Strawberry plants grow well in barrels and containers, as long as they are protected from the winter cold. You can use plastic mulch in the fall to trap warm air and keep out the cold winds.

If you are planning to grow your own strawberries, you should know that it is much more difficult than planting them from seeds. While many varieties of strawberries germinate successfully when planted indoors, many don’t, and need stratification in order to germinate. In most cases, strawberry seeds do not break dormancy until winter has passed, so planting them in a refrigerator is a good insurance policy. If you grow your plants in an indoor greenhouse, they may start ripening earlier, while placing a cloche over them outdoors will advance the ripening process by three weeks.

When To Plant Strawberries For A Summer Harvest?

When to plant strawberries for a summer harvest depends on how much sun they get and how much water they need. Strawberries should be planted in a sunny spot that receives eight hours of direct sunlight per day. However, they will bloom in a cool, semi-shade spot, as long as the temperature stays between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. You should water your strawberries generously. Their shallow roots need moisture to grow and bloom, so you must keep the soil moist and weed-free.

Once planted, strawberries will continue to bear fruit until the first frost. These perennial plants are perennial, but will not be productive for the first two years of their life. Planting strawberries in spring or fall will ensure that you have a steady supply of tasty berries all summer long. Once you have a steady supply of berries, you can then use them in jams and baked goods. The strawberry variety you choose will determine when to plant it for a summer harvest.

You can plant strawberries as bare-root or crown plants. You should plant them 12 inches apart in rows and 36 to 48 inches apart. The crown of the plant should be level with the ground, but not overgrown. If you have strawberries that bear in June, it is best to plant them in matted rows. In a hilled row system, the runners should be left with enough space to root.

Spring Plantings Of Strawberries Plants

For a productive, colorful strawberry crop in early spring, plan your plantings carefully. Strawberry plants are perennial herbs, with leaves, crowns, and root systems. 90 percent of the roots are located in the top 6 inches of soil. This shallow root system is responsible for the strawberry plant’s sensitivity to water. As the plant grows, runners will emerge from buds located at the base of the leaves. These are useful devices for asexual propagation.

The best time to plant strawberry plants is in April, when the soil is dry and ready to be worked. The soil should not be too wet or too dry, since the strawberries must be well-established before the summer months. For best results, plant strawberries in rows at least eight inches apart. In addition, strawberries should be planted in moist soil, in a sunny location. Plant them so that their crowns are at least a half-inch below the soil line.

After harvesting, strawberry plants need to be renovated. Trim the foliage with a lawn mower or line trimmer, without damaging the crown. Then, narrow the rows to twelve inches wide. This will allow for adequate air circulation and reduce disease and insect pressure. However, if you plant too densely, the strawberries may grow smaller than you would like and develop fewer flowers. Alternatively, you can remove the old plants, and plant new ones. The new plantings will not have the same problems as the old one, so you can reap better results.

Fall Plantings Of Strawberries Plants

The fall planting of strawberries has proved profitable for commercial growers, who get a head start on spring. While spring planting provides better yields, fall planting of strawberries helps the plants establish a thicker row and get an early start. Home gardeners can emulate the commercial practice by planting the plants during the fall months and mulching them to protect them from winter injury. If you are growing strawberries in a zone that experiences winter cold, a small hoop house is an excellent choice, as it will help trap warmer air and protect the plants from strong winds.

If you are growing strawberries in a container, planting them in the fall will produce strong, robust plants with deep, strong roots. Additionally, fall planting requires less water than spring planting. However, fall and spring plantings are equally suitable. In either case, they require similar watering and feeding and will produce berries quickly. Listed below are tips for fall and spring plantings of strawberries plants. Once you have chosen the planting method, it’s time to get started!

Ensure the ground is free of weeds before planting your strawberries in the fall. This will keep the soil moist and prevent diseases like anthracnose. Mulch will also prevent slugs and pill bugs from damaging the fruit. It is also essential to keep the bed weed-free. You can also consider mulching your strawberry plants with pine needles. You will be able to follow these steps while you are on the go.

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