Let’s Grow Strawberries!

Okay, I genuinely believe that everything that can be grown at home. If you’re interested in expanding your veggie and herb garden to fruit I recommend starting with strawberries. Strawberries are an AMAZING container garden fruit, not to mention they’re a classic fruit that most love. Here are a few of my tricks to growing strawberries nearly all year long.

 

Containers that are off the ground! Those cute little bundles of leaves will produce flowers that will develop strawberries. The stems behind the flowers can grow to 4 to 6 inches long and will cause those berries to hang low and out of the container. Keeping the strawberries on the ground make for easy snatching from small pests but also easy to miss or step on. Keep these cuties in the air! They like to hang!

 

Ever-baring! Like all food producing plants strawberries come in different varieties. I prefer ever-baring varieties so that I can harvest strawberries throughout the spring, summer and fall. A pretty popular ever-baring strawberry variety is Ozark Beauty. Be sure to grab this one!

 

Regular Feeding Schedule! Once the garden gets big and a little wild I can get distracted by all of the other garden tasks that need attention. When I get off schedule with feeding the plants everyone seems to be okay but my strawberries. They tend to slow in production when I get off the feeding schedule but perk back up to producing berries when they get the love they need. 

Let’s grow!

LET’S GROW GROUND CHERRIES!

Secretly, my favorite container fruit to grow. 

WARNING. This plant is super cute. Also, it volunteers really well. And by that I mean any seeds that get spread around the garden (thank you squirrels) do pretty well over the winter and you’ll have new baby ground cherry seedlings popping up all over the place. Last year on the farm I had 27 ground cherry plants that sprouted ALL ON THEIR OWN, lol. I happily filled an entire row in the field with them.

Another perk of these cuties is that they’re multi-season friendly. You should plant these a few weeks after you last frost making them partial spring babies. By the time they’re full grown it’s summer and…

ALL THE WAYS TO ENJOY THEM! By the time they’re full grown and producing it’s summer and it’s time to eat. You know when these are ready to be harvested because they harvest themselves. Ground cherries are called ground cherries because they literally fall off the plant when they’re ready. Eat the ones that have fallen. I usually enjoy them in the garden. They actually grow in husks, like tomatillos. So you can peel the husk back or sometimes they pop out on their own. If your harvest survives being eaten in the garden a lot of gardeners will suggest making a jam with the cherries. Others will bake something and these will be the jewels on top! I’m pretty sure I saw ground cherries on an episode of British Bake Off. They might be famous!

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