The Q&A Archives: Soil Requirements for Strawberries

Question: What type of soil is best for growing strawberries? We have clay soil that is slightly alkaline due to the use of mushroom compost.

Answer: Strawberries require an acid soil with a pH between 5 and 6. They also need a very rich, well drained soil with copious amounts of organic material; ideally you would provide a light rich loam. You might want to work with your County Extension (287-4761) to determine the best amendments to add to bring your soil into acceptable condition for growing strawberries. In general it is always a good idea to add ample quantitites of organic matter and just a small amount of sand to improve clay. You may also find slightly raised beds to be helpful. Good luck with your strawberries!

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