The Q&A Archives: Growing Strawberries

Question: Can you give me some advice on how to grow strawberries?

Answer: It's hard to beat a homegrown strawberry patch for tasty snacks and fruit for jam! Here are some general guidelines. Strawberries prefer a light, slightly acid soil that's rich in humus. Mix in organic matter such as compost, composted manure or decomposed leaves to increase the water-holding capacity of the soil and improve soil structure. Set the plants about 18 inches apart in rows 3feet apart. Plant them so that the crown is at ground level. The traditional method is to treat the plants as biennials, making a new planting each spring next to the old bed, and tilling the old plants under. Some home gardeners use the daughter plants to start new beds, but to be guaranteed of disease-free plants, you can buy some each year.

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