Ahh, the thwack of willow on leather, the pock of a tennis ball on a racket… these are the sounds of summer. Add to the image a fresh bowl of strawberries smothered in cream, or a nice glass of Pimms with some strawberry slices bobbing about, and the perfect British summer is complete. Strawberries shout of the summer. They’re tasty, beautiful, and fortunately for us, very easy to grow.

 

Growing strawberries however, is not without a few minor complications. Today’s post tells you everything you need to know about growing strawberries whatever size of garden you have, from the grandest of acres, to the tiniest of courtyards.

In the veg patch

Strawberry plants grow really well in most types of soil. If you have a dedicated veg patch, or sections of garden given over to growing your own produce, you can plant strawberry plants directly in the ground. Make sure they’re positioned in a good sunny spot and water regularly. Grow your plants in regularly spaced rows about 30 cm apart and cover with a net.


Vertical Planting

If you have a tiny garden, or live in a terraced house with a courtyard space, our vertical planters are really clever little things. These wall-mounted pouches simply fix to the wall and are ready to fill up with compost and tender wee strawberry plants. These are especially useful to get around the greatest threats to strawberries: slugs and hedgehogs. Not even the canniest slug will be able to slither its way up the wall to destroy your hard-won crop of brilliant berries. Vertical planting really is the way forward – especially if you want to enjoy a fresh crop of your very own home-grown strawberries. Make sure your strawbs are positioned in a sunny spot, and water them regularly. Remember that plants in containers always need more water.

 

Protecting your Strawbs

Strawberries are delicious. We humans know this, and unfortunately, so does the animal kingdom. One way to protect your fruit whether they’re growing in the ground, or in a vertical planter, is to cover them with netting so birds, squirrels, and hedgehogs can’t get to them. Once the summer starts to really shine through, protect your plants and suppress weeds by placing straw around the bottom of the each plant.

 

 

Tips

Once the fruit reaches ripeness, make sure to check your plants everyday. Pick bright red berries as soon as you can as fruit left to rot on the plant will damage it. This year’s plants will produce fruit next year but the crop will be smaller. Plant or grow new plants each year for the best crops. Fortunately, propagating strawberries is also pretty easy. 

Plants will send out runners and if you pin them into the soil, they will produce new plants all ready for the following year. You can of course, also grow strawberry plants from seed.

So, go forth and plant those strawberries and enjoy lashings of strawberries and cream, meringues topped with an assortment of mixed berries, and most scrumptiously of all, a lovely scone with clotted cream and strawberry jam – delish!