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Growing Great Strawberries

Bob is a permaculture designer, garden writer, and strawberry fan.

Strawberries

Strawberries, the fruit that shouts summer. I love fresh strawberries, I do not mind using frozen berries in smoothies for example but fresh strawberries are a taste treat all by themselves, just sitting in a bowl waiting for me to dig in. Or add some cottage cheese or yogurt.

I can’t forget strawberry shortcake and my very favourite strawberry rhubarb pie.


Strawberry- rhubarb pie:

I use two frozen pie shells, when bottom one is full with the fruit I place the second one on top and use a fork to pierce crust. Works well.

  • 4 cups rhubarb, chopped
  • 2 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • Dash sea salt
  • Lemon juice to taste

Preheat oven to 400° F. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough into a circle large enough to fit a 9-inch pie pan. Line pan with pastry, trim and cinch edges. Chill until ready to fill.

Toss rhubarb and strawberries with sugar, cornstarch, spices and salt to coat. Fill pie shell with fruit.

Bake pie on a tray at 400° F for 20 minutes, then reduce heat to 350° F and bake for about 40 minutes more, until filling is bubbling.

Strawberries:

There are four basic types of strawberries. They are June bearing or spring bearing, ever bearing and day neutral.

The fruits of day neutral plants and ever bearers are usually smaller than June-bearers fruit.

June bearing strawberries are classified into early, mid-season and late varieties. They will produce a crop during a two-to-three week period in the spring and produce flowers, fruits and runners.

The ever bearing strawberries will produce three periods of flowers and fruit during the spring, summer and fall. And only produce a few runners.

Day neutral strawberries are able to provide you with this delicious fruit all season long and they too will only generate a few runners.

If your space is small your best bets are the ever bearing and day neutral strawberries. These two are able to grow terraced beds, barrels or pyramids. A bonus is that they can be used as an edging plant or a ground cover.

The optimum soil pH for strawberry production is 6.0- 6.5.

Strawberries are an excellent container plant and ideal for balcony or patio.

Growing Strawberries in Strawberry Pots:

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1. Plant strawberries early- after the last frost.

2. Decide which species of strawberry you want to plant. Ever bearing strawberries should bear fruit the year you plant. June bearing strawberries fruit the following year

3. A strawberry pot is a great way to begin your relationship with strawberries; terra cotta works best.

4. Fill your strawberry pot up to the first pocket with a rich potting soil that is high in sphagnum peat moss. This will help the strawberry plants retain moisture.

5. Plant a plant in the first pocket letting the leaves and most of the stem hang out.

6. Add soil up to the next pocket and plant another plant.

7. After you are finished planting the pockets fill the jar up to the top with soil; then plant the remaining plants in the top of the pot. Six plants per pot work well.

8. Water the plants and place them in a sunny location.

9. Water the plants everyday and be sure to pick the berries otherwise the yield will not be as good as it can be.

It is possible to grow strawberries indoors in a hanging pot; it will need sufficient light and water and may not be a produce as much fruit as growing them outdoors but a few fresh home grown strawberries in the middle of winter is well worth the effort.

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Comments

Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on January 20, 2012:

Thank you and enjoy.

natures47friend from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand. on January 20, 2012:

Great hub - strawberry - rhubarb pie.....mmmmm; have to try this. We eat lots of strawberries and its their season right now, and we grow rhubarb. Bookmarked and voted up!

Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on April 23, 2011:

Thanks, for the vote and comment and happy growing.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on April 23, 2011:

Hi Bob, I'm growing a row of strawberries for the first time this year, I've got loads of rhubarb, so will give this a go, great hub voted up.

Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on July 21, 2010:

Thanks for the comment.

Growing Strawberries Fan on July 21, 2010:

Great article, very informative. I think growing strawberries is actually very fun and easy. In addition to that you get strawberries which are tastier and healthier than the ones from store.

Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on April 24, 2010:

Hmm, who doesn't, thanks for visiting.

myawn from Florida on April 24, 2010:

Strawberries are great love strawberry shortcake.

Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on May 15, 2009:

You are welcome, thanks for dropping by.

Julie McM from Southern California on May 15, 2009:

Great information on growing strawberries. Maybe now, mine will do better. Thanks.

Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on September 13, 2008:

Thanks for the visit.

dgasteiger on September 13, 2008:

Great hub. I'd go a step further and encourage people to plant strawberries (from strawberry plants) in autumn; this gives the plants time to develop roots before they shut down for the winter, and provides a head start in the spring. Here's a bit more about it:

http://www.smallkitchengarden.net/small-kitchen-ga...

Matrix on July 12, 2008:

Seems to be a delicious one!

Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on July 12, 2008:

Thanks Pete, I have not tried skyr and will have to see if I can find it now that you have mentioned it.

Pete Michner from Virginia on July 11, 2008:

Thanks for this hub! All your hubs seem to describe such tasty stuff. Have you ever tried skyr? It's a unique Icelandic dairy treat that comes in all kinds of flavors like strawberry, blueberry, and more. There are some stores in the US that sell it- mainly Wholefoods on the East Coast.

Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on July 11, 2008:

Thanks for the link, I love watermelon but can't grow it here, season is too short.

marisuewrites from USA on July 10, 2008:

Hi Bob, here's  a link about the Strawberry Festival in Plant City... http://www.flstrawberryfestival.com/fairfacts.html

I used to live near the Watermelon Capitol of the world...don't know if they really were but it was their claim... but the melons were sweet...  The Black Diamond being my favorite.  YUM

Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on July 10, 2008:

Thanks for stopping by

cgull8m from North Carolina on July 10, 2008:

I live in an apartment can't grow this, hopefully I will try this in my new home. Thanks.

Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on July 10, 2008:

Thanks for dropping by.

Crystalgemt on July 10, 2008:

Love this hub! Great stuff. I am going to try this Strawberry rhubarb pie.

MrMarmalade from Sydney on July 09, 2008:

We both Love strawberries.

We both use to pick Strawberries as young teenagers.

We received one penny for each full chip. In those days we thought that that was a lot of money.

Great hub

Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on July 09, 2008:

Strawberry festivals are great fun but I would like to visit the strawberry capital to experience this one.

marisuewrites from USA on July 09, 2008:

Nearby, is Plant City, Florida, who claims to be the Strawberry Capitol of the world. True or not, their strawberries are wonderful. The Strawberry Festival parades the special sweet berries is dozens of ways; jams, jellies, sauces, desserts abound. This hub made my mouth water. YUM. Thanks, Bob.

Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on July 09, 2008:

Thanks and enjoy.

Abhinaya on July 09, 2008:

Alas! I can't grow strawberries here....too hot Bob.But the fruit stalls have imported ones and I can try the mouth watering recipes .Thanks and Thumbs UP! Great hub again.

Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on July 09, 2008:

Berries are a great bird feeder and if we are lucky we may get some for ourselves and Eileen well at leats you have happy snails. :) thanks for coming by.

Eileen Hughes from Northam Western Australia on July 09, 2008:

I am going to have to try this, I love rhubarb but would never have thought of putting it with the strawberries.

The B... snails and slaters got to my strawberries yesterday. It rained and the snails had a ball. Thanks

Chef Jeff from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago. on July 08, 2008:

I also like strawberry-rhubarb pie, which my friend Paula makes for her husband's birthday, and mine as well. We share the same birthday, her hubby and I, and we each get a great strawberry-rhubarb pie!

I usually end up feeding the birds when I grow strawberries, which is OK by me - they have to eat as well! I also use mulberries in place of strawberries in pies, even though they look, taste and act differently in a pie mixture. Still, they grow in great abundance on my little bit of land, and I hate seeing them go to waste!

Mulberries, like strawberries, also make great homemade wine, if one is so incined to make them into that refreshing beverage. Both together can make an excellent little batch of fruit wine, perfect for a hot summer evening sitting on the porch while talking with friends.

Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on July 08, 2008:

You are welcome, strawberries are enjoyed by many beings.

Rob Jundt from Midwest USA on July 08, 2008:

At the rate our older boy eats strawberries, it's probably a good idea to grow our own. I'll just have to keep the hungry predators away. Thanks for the tips.

Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on July 08, 2008:

Thanks, strawberry season has begun here and they are delciious.

Nickel on July 08, 2008:

Great Hub Bob! Love strawberries too, I can't grow them but I can sure eat them.

Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on July 08, 2008:

strawberry and rhubarb pie is my favourite pie, thanks for dropping by.

rmr from Livonia, MI on July 08, 2008:

When I saw the title, I was hoping you would throw in a strawberry rhubarb pie recipe. Thanks!!

Cailin Gallagher from New England on July 08, 2008:

Tasty and informative. I've never had luck with strawberries and have just been discouraged. Either too much sun, or not enough nutrients. Your strawberry rhubard pie sounds excellent.

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