How to Grow Your Own Fresh Strawberry Patch 

Choose a bright garden site with 6-8 hours of sunlight per day. Keep soil well-drained and organic.  

Choose the Right Location 

To increase fertility and drainage, loosen the soil to 12 inches (30 cm) and add compost or well-rotted manure before planting.  

Prepare the Soil 

Select strawberry types for your climate and growing circumstances. Everbearing cultivars produce fruit all season, whereas June-bearing varieties produce a significant crop in early summer.  

Select Strawberry Varieties 

Plant strawberries in early spring or late summer/early fall, depending on climate. Place plants 12-18 inches (30-45 cm) apart in 2-3-foot (60-90 cm) rows. Make sure the crown (where roots meet leaves) is at soil level and the roots are dispersed.  

Planting 

Maintain moist but not soggy soil, especially during flowering and fruiting. Heavy watering promotes root growth, but avoid wetting leaves to prevent disease.  

Watering 

To control weeds, conserve soil moisture, and clean berries, mulch the plants. Straw, shredded leaves, and pine needles are popular strawberry mulches.  

Mulching 

Early spring and after the first harvest, feed strawberry plants a balanced fertiliser or compost. Avoid high-nitrogen fertilisers, which promote foliage growth over fruit yield.  

Fertilizing 

Strawberry plants grow runners. Trim excess runners, leaving a few to generate new plants for next season, to minimise overcrowding and maintain plant vigour.  

Pruning Runners 

Slugs, birds, and insects can damage strawberry plants, so watch out for them. Powdery mildew and grey mould should be removed from plants or treated with organic fungicides immediately.  

Pest and Disease Management 

Strawberries should be harvested 3-4 weeks after flowering when fully red. Carefully select the berries without damaging the bushes or neighbouring fruit. Enjoy fresh-picked strawberries right now or freeze, can, or preserve them.  

Harvesting 

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