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Strawberries are a wonderful fruit to grow in your garden. They require marginal maintenance, do not take much space and if you plant the right kind can yield fruit throughout the year.
And that’s all before you get to the fact they are absolutely delicious.
So today we are going to take a look at the best of way of growing strawberries and getting a bumper yield from your plants.
The different types of strawberries you can grow
As we mentioned above, there are various types of strawberry plant. The different strains will bear fruit at varying times of the year.
Garden variety strawberry plants can also be classified as early, mid and late season. This means you can plant seedlings from each classification to extend the length of time you have harvest-able, edible fruit.
These are the long stems that run off the central plant; if left to grow these will drain essential nutrients away from the main plant and your strawberries.
The simple step of removing runners will allow your plant to flourish where you want it to most; the growth of delicious fruit.
Do not become complacent on this one. Check the plant regularly and cut away those offshoots as soon as you see them.
Dealing with mold
Botrytis is the most common fungus to attack strawberry plants. It actually sets in on the berries causing them to rot before they have reached harvestable size.
The most important issue here is to act fast. Affected leaves and fruit need to be removed immediately in order to prevent the fungus from spreading further along the plant.
Although strawberries do well in warm weather, the heat is also great breeding ground for undesirable bacteria.
You should keep a close eye on your plants to ensure that mold does not destroy them.
Pests and Weeds
Just as damaging as mold is the intrusion of slugs, bugs and weeds. Chemical bait is the best solution here.
On a raised bed you can position your bait in the corner (not too close to the berries). This will attract the pests away from your delicate plants. Be careful with the bait you choose however, especially if you have pets. (View our recommended slug bait on Amazon here).
Weeds are a different issue and will require a little bit of elbow grease on the part of the grower.
In short you will need to get out there and pry them up.
And there you have it; a short OC guide to growing strawberries. Follow these tips for a delicious bounty of fruit this year.