I’ve established strawberries several ways and found planting in raised beds always offered the best results.
This really simplified the growing process by offering easy maintenance for healthy plants and a successful harvest.
I’ve even had plants sprout via direct composting which is why I decided to share my tips because a reader recently mentioned they had a batch of plants sprout the same way.
Pretty neat because you never know what additional benefits will transpire when your feeding the soil.
If you weren’t as lucky to have strawberries sprout from direct composting but you still want to add them to your garden, then I suggest doing so now because plants are normally only available prior to spring or fall.
Nurseries down south should still have a few on their shelves and for those further north you shouldn’t have any problems finding new plants.
Good Planting Conditions for Strawberries
Once you have a nice selection of plants, the next step is to establish good planting conditions so you’ll be able to enjoy a nice harvest. Keep in mind strawberries are really easy plants to grow so don’t over think the process.
- First make sure you plant in direct sunlight – they need at least 8 hours to produce that amazing flavor.
- Prepare the beds prior to planting. Slight acidic soil is preferred and for those with clay, I mix sand, leaves, animal fertilizer, direct compost and even sawdust to establish a good soil base.
- For sandy soil mix in a rich layer of compost or manure to improve conditions.
- Strawberries don’t like to be waterlogged so make sure beds are prepped properly otherwise plants may rot during rainy periods.
- Strawberries also need room to grow, plant 18 inches apart. Many varieties will produce runners, these can be transplanted after they finish producing.
- If slugs are an issue where you live then don’t cover the base with organic mulch because you’re just sending out an invitation for slugs to come eat your strawberries.
Where I Decided to Plant
I chose to plant strawberries in my blackberry beds towards the edge. These beds are 2 ft. x 8 ft. with three vines in each one. I transplanted my existing strawberry plants and sprouted new ones via composting over the winter.
This was easy enough by placing four plants opposite of the vines giving them plenty of room to grow. The vines trail up which allows plenty of sunlight for the strawberries to grow out and produce fruit through the summer.
This was a good way to use that additional space; I actually tested this on our farm a few years ago and it worked really great.
We have four of these beds and I absolutely love them. This is a fun design that I built based on trying different things over the years.
When covered with vines they make a neat privacy wall.
Get DIY instructions for these blackberry raised beds here. They can be used for grapevine, raspberries and blueberries.
Strawberries can be added to any style of raised bed so get creative and have fun with it.
Transplant in the Morning
In the spring I enjoy transplanting in the morning. Temperatures are still cool and the plants have the entire day to enjoy sunshine and acclimate to their new environment.
Afternoons would also work and the process is pretty simple.
I purchased these plants via impulse because those blooms were a sign, they we’re ready to be in the ground. This container offered 6 plants for just $1.99 and well I couldn’t pass that up either.
- First soak the tray in water for a few minutes and loosen their root system prior to transplanting and covering with soil.
- For this step I didn’t need to fertilize because my beds were fed last month and watering wasn’t necessary because things are still very moist as it continues to rain at least once or twice a week.
If the beds are fertilized prior to planting you won’t need to fertilize again for a couple of months when plants begin to produce flowers.
This is when nutrients are pulled from the ground at a faster rate because the plant is growing to produce fruit.
Strawberries have some amazing health benefits, they actually hold more vitamin c than an orange if you can believe it.
- Help lower blood pressure.
- Maintain good cholesterol.
- To my surprise guard against cancer.
- They’re packed with vitamins, fiber and antioxidants.
It’s smart to grow your own fruit and vegetables if possible because when you decrease food travel time you receive the best nutritional value.
Try growing strawberries in raised beds, you’ll enjoy the ease of caring for these plants this way because it takes very little effort.
Smiles and Sunshine, Carole West