You don’t need to attend Wimbledon to enjoy fresh strawberries. Growing them in your garden or balcony is dead easy.
Strawberries seem very exotic, and there’s nothing quite like enjoying a summer with a bowl full of strawberries and cream. You might think that because of their high cost and short growing season, strawberries will be hard to grow. However, the opposite is true, and as long as you have a sunny position to place your fruit in, growing strawberries is very easy.
Planting Strawberry Runners
Plant your first strawberry runners in the autumn or early spring, placing them in rows if you’re using a veggie plot. Alternatively, you can use containers or grow-bags if you want to enjoy strawberries on balconies or patios.
Watering and fertilising strawberry plants
Growing strawberries on to maturity is relatively easy, and you should water plants during dry periods, taking care not to get water on fruit or the new leaves of plants. You can also give your plants a tomato feed every 7-10 days to encourage strong leaf and flower development.
Protect ripening strawberries
As the small white flowers fade and fruit begin to develop, use straw to lift ripening strawberries off the ground. Fruit are very susceptible to slug and snail damage, as well as rotting, so keeping them off the ground is important. When fruit have been picked and harvesting has finished, you can snip off new shoots and runners to create extra plants.