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Member Name: Ninski1
Advantages: Easy to grow, taste great
Disadvantages: Can get eaten by birds and slugs
Strawberries are very easy to grow, they will quite happily grow in most soils, can survive extreme wet and high temperatures and are generally happy to be left to grow producing there wonderfully attractive bright red, succulent, juicy, sweet fruits. Here is how I grow mine. I bought a few plants from the garden centre and put them in hanging baskets with a good quality soil, I water them when its dry and pinch off any bits that look a bit yellow or tired and they seem happy enough. The hanging baskets are located in full sun most of the day, with shade as the sun sets, they are also in a an area that does not get much wind, but that is more to do with the fact that I did not want the hanging baskets to be bashed around. Long tendrils of the strawberry plant are currently trying to find a place to bed, so I will be moving them shortly on to my new veg patch to allow them to keep growing and produce more plants. I have successfully moved strawberry plants before and still had a good crop. My general approach to gardening, particularly when growing vegetables and herbs is that I plant what I love to eat, make sure it has food and water and let nature take care of the rest, others plan, like some of my friends, but I find I get good results, have limited issues with plant pests or disease and generally have fun, which is what its all about really.
I also tend to move the crop around, they last around three years, and the next crop I will plant elsewhere, to give the land a bit of a rest from strawberry, allow something else to grow there and generally make the veg patch look different year on year.
The hanging baskets are currently outside my back door so when I come home with my son we can see them enticing us to eat them, which we do, simply picked and washed in a bit of water. That is how I like to eat my strawberries, sometimes with a bit of ice cream, but mainly as nature intended.
The only issue I do have with strawberry growing is that birds love them too, I do not have an issue with slugs, but the birds will have a peck and I find this frustrating but they look so nice I can see why they are tempted.
Overall, strawberries are easy to grow, look good and the fruits taste great, I would highly recommend growing your own.
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Summary: Easy to grow, versatile fruit and they look great too
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