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yummy and easy to grow, much better then spending loads at the supermarket
Member Name: ellesmellycat
Advantages: cheap and yummy
Disadvantages: what to do with all the left over ones
If you grow one fruit in your garden please le tit be strawberries! They are so easy to grow, really yummy, soo good for you and cost loads if you buy them!
You can easily pick up some smaller runners from your garden center in march/April time and then just pop them in the ground, somewhere sunny! They need loads of watering, but that just makes them all the juicer!
Once you can see fruits starting to appear, get some straw and lift them off the ground to prevent the slugs getting them before you do, also covering them with plastic or netting will stop the birds stealing them.
The best way to get new strawberry plants to pin down runners, the plants only last fruiting for a few years so doing this one every other year will ensure your supply keeps going year after year, otherwise removing any runners that you see will make the plant produce juicier fruits. Seeds are very hard to grow fro and while I've started to see cute 'strawberries on your desk' kits this isn't the best way to do it!
They grow well in the ground or in pots on patios or window boxes, so they are easily accessible to every level of gardener or garden owner! If you want a supply all summer long you can get early, mid and late fruiting verities, with pink or white flowers!
The best thing about strawberry growing is that you'll have so many you'll end up giving them all away to your friend and become really popular! Otherwise pop them in the freezer!
Summary: easy for everyone to grow