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Easy and cheap to grow
Member Name: Thebaker50
Advantages: Easy to grow, taste
I have 2 varieties of strawberry currently growing in my garden, a smaller but sweeter alpine variety (which I had to buy the seeds, which I got all in all in a kit for 99p from 99p store).
The other variety is the more "common" strawberry you can get in the shops. I got the seeds by picking the seeds off the side of a strawberry before eating it, and planting them. it was more of an experiment but those strawberries have taken over!
So, why are strawberries so easy to grow. Well first off, they grow quite well in the local climate (I live in UK), and they are not massive ambitious plants like tomatoes. Secondly they can live in a variety of soils from clay to compost (I live in a clay area, so this is really handy for me). Thirdly they do not require massive amounts of de-weeding, because strawberry plants can grow runners, which then develop into new strawberry plants, so they kind of end up taking over a small area of the garden.
Some tips I have learnt along the way for strawberry growing:
Step 1: Grow seeds indoors in a propogator. If you don't have one of these, just place the seeds in a pot with compost, plant, water, then cover the top with some see through cling film. Once the plants start growing, remove the cling film, and once they are getting big enough to transfer outside, do so (when the weather is good).
Step 2: Make a mesh or box or something to keep out squirrels, birds, chickens, ferrel children etc from eating all your delicious strawberries.
Step 3: (I don't personally do this step as I feel its a bit of a faff, but you are supposed to do this) place straw down once the strawberries are beginning to develop, in order to keep them off the soil, this is meant to give the best strawberries.
Step 4: Do your best to kill/stop slugs. They can just eat little bites out of one or two strawberries.
Step 5: Pick the strawberries by cutting them from the green bit of the stalk, this keeps them fresher for longer.
Step 6: Time to eat!!!
I really recommend strawberries to anyone living in the UK, they are cheap, easy, and fun, and I think the plants don't look all that bad! Seeing the little runners running up and down the garden and the white strawberry flowers grow, and redden is really quite good looking. Although they prefer direct sunlight, they do not need it to thrive.
Any questions, please ask below (bear in mind I am not an expert)
I hope you found this useful
Summary: Very good plant