Strawberries are one of the most widely cultivated berry types there are, and they’re a great choice for first-time gardeners who would love to bring some new life to their gardens – of course, it helps that you can eat them, too. They’re known as one of the healthiest fruits out there, and they can be used to make everything from desserts to preserves – and there’s just something a lot more satisfying about harvesting the fruits from your own garden.
They grow happily in the majority of different climates, and strawberries will thrive as long as they’re being grown in the right conditions with enough access to sunlight, water and the right nutrient-rich soil.
Popular for both growing in pots and straight into the ground, cultivating strawberries is one of the most effortless berries you can have as part of your garden arrangement.
Here are 8 excellent step-by-step tips for ensuring that you have the best strawberries on the block.
1. Potted or Not?
The very first thing that you should decide if you want to include strawberry plants in your garden is whether you’ll be planting them inside pots or not – and both of these have their advantages.
If you plant your strawberries directly into the ground, they might need some closer taking care of to ensure that all of the elements surrounding the plant are correct – and you’re automatically risking more wind and weather exposure for your plants, so this is only practical in climates with moderate to mild weather.
If you plant your strawberries in pots instead, then it can give you considerably more freedom to control their growing conditions – and if needed, the plants are a lot easier to move around when they’re in pots.
Choose a pot that’s large enough to accommodate the roots with even a few months to years worth of growth for the plant when choosing to plant in pots, though remember that some types of pots (including cement-made ones) are often a hassle to move.