My gardening time clock must be a little off this year, because it seems like I always plant strawberries when it it cold. But, rather than defer to my inner gardener, I’ll refer to the experts telling me its time to plant strawberries. Natural Gardener has its first batch of strawberry transplants, Chandler, Sequoia and Seascape.
Seascapes are described as large, sweet and hardy with superb flavor.
Chandler is a favorite for its large yields and long producing time.
The Sequoia variety is known for its large robust fruit, bearing from early Spring to Mid-summer.
Plant your strawberry plants in a sunny location in acidic soil. Set plants about 12 to 15 inches apart. Add a layer of mulch, straw or plastic sheeting around the plants to prevent weeds from growing and to conserve moisture. They do equally well in pots or other containers such as Earthboxes or hanging baskets. I’m going to plant some in an Earthbox to compare to growing them in the raised garden.
I have planted Chandlers and Sequoias historically, and one set of plants produced better than the other, but as usual, I did not mark them, so I can’t say which did best. I’m going to try all three varieties this year and keep them well marked.
Growing strawberries is extremely rewarding, and really very easy. They require little care through the winter, but once Spring comes around they should be fertilized and will start to require more water. Picking ripe, red, delicious strawberries out of your garden in the Spring and Summer is as good as it gets.
Newly Planted Strawberry Patch
Here was my strawberry patch last year, just after planting. In looking for that photo, my last “Time to Plant Strawberries” post was 10/31/09, so we are right on target.
Strawberries in April
And I ate strawberries all Spring and part of the Summer.
Update: Just returned from Natural Gardener, and once I get the soil ready to plant, I’m good to go! Finding the time to do any gardening in the next 3 days will be the hold up.
Meet the Chandlers, Sequoias and Seascapes
Woo Hoo! I’m excited for the new generation of strawberries.