|When is the best time to plant strawberries?|
|April is a good month to plant strawberries in your gardening region. 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. Avoid soil that contains nematodes and avoid areas where tomatoes or potatoes have been recently grown.
Set the plants about 18 inches apart in rows 3feet apart. Plant them so that the crown is at ground level. Pour water into each planting hole before setting in the plants, then water every other day and apply a liquid fertilizer once a week.
Encourage the new runners to stay within the rows.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.