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Strawberries - Grow Your Own!

Do you wish the U-Pick strawberry season lasted longer? Want delicious ripe strawberries all summer? Don’t settle for store bought strawberries from California. You know the ones - Red on the outside but white on the inside. Just grow your own!
Here is all you need to know-

First: Choose a variety

June-bearing strawberries produce one main crop, usually in June. These are great if you want to pick a lot all at once to make jam or freeze.

Ever-bearing strawberry plants produce fruit throughout an entire growing season. Beginning in spring, with intermittent crops throughout summer and early fall.

Many plant both types for the best of both worlds.
This year Farmington Gardens has bareroot strawberries available to plant now. We will also have 4” starts available in a few more weeks.

June-bearing – Hood, Chandler, and Rainier

Everbearing – Quinalt, Albion, Seascape, and Tristar

Next choose a planting area

Plant June-bearing strawberries in rows about 15” apart with space for the runner plants to fill in and form a matted row.
 
Plant everbearing strawberries about 12” apart. These plants do not produce the number of runners that the June-bearing plants produce.

 

Strawberry Crown

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Place the bareroot strawberries in the ground by spreading the roots out and setting the plant so that the midpoint of the crown is level with the soil.

We recommend adding Espoma’s Bio-tone starter fertilizer. It is 100% organic and has the optimum level of primary ingredients to get your strawberry plants established. It also contains mycorrhizae to help the roots absorb nutrients.

Your June-bearing plants will produce little fruit the first year, in fact it is best to pick the flowers off to encourage a strong root system allowing you to enjoy an abundant crop the following year.

Everbearing strawberries can start bearing fruit as soon as three months after planting!

Strawberry plants need regular water to thrive, especially during fruiting season, when they need an average of 1-2 inches of water daily. The best way to water strawberries is to use drip or soaker hose.

 

Replace your strawberry plants about every 3 years for maximum productivity.  

 

Here’s a recipe to save for later. Just a little inspiration for how you can enjoy your homegrown strawberries! Strawberry Mojito Cocktail You can of course make it non-alcoholic with Club Soda. And yes, we do carry the Mojito Mint!