I am asked many, many questions on how to grow strawberries. Actually, a lot of the questions I am asked, I wondered myself before I started growing them. I thought I would put the questions in a FAQ format for you.
Q: Is it hard to grow strawberries.
A: No. They really take care of themselves.
Q: Where can I grow the strawberries?
A: Strawberries need sunlight. When we moved from the country to our new home, we now have many trees. (Thus, a lot of shade.) We had to get pretty creative. Our strawberries are in a raised flower bed by the front door. It’s called edible landscaping.
Q: I don’t want to have to water them all the time.
A: I only water them if there is a major drought. Otherwise, I don’t touch them.
Q: What do you do with them in the winter?
A: When the weather reaches below freezing, we cover them with a layer of straw. That’s it.
Q: Do they cost a lot?
A: No, get the starters (runners) from a friend who grows strawberries. We have started each of our bed of strawberries for free with runners from a friend.
Q: When do I plant the runners?
A: We got our runners in July or August. By the next spring, you should have strawberries.
Q: I heard you have to pluck the flowers off of the strawberries the first year.
A: No. We don’t touch the flowers. Our strawberries are fine.
Q: Do strawberries freeze well?
A: Yes! Simply wash and cut the stems off of the strawberries. Then I place the strawberries on a cookie sheet and “flash freeze” them. After they are frozen, I put them in a freezer bag. They are great for smoothies and fruit salads. Keep in mind, they are softer than unfrozen strawberries.
If you have any other questions concerning strawberries and how to grow them (or how to freeze them) feel free to ask me. You can email me or go to contact.