Tips For Growing The Best Tasting Strawberries
Want juicy, flavor-packed organic strawberries straight from your garden? We have the best tips for growing plump and delicious garden strawberries. Find out our favorite variety that’s exceptionally flavorful, is large in size and produces a big yield.
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There’s nothing like biting into a juicy, ripe, sweet strawberry picked straight from the garden. We have a 4’x12′ raised garden bed dedicated to strawberry plants and this year they’re better than ever.
We’ve planted strawberry varieties in the past that were big on flavor but the berries were small and the yield started to decrease every year. Last year we dug up the bed and re-planted with a new strawberry variety that has high yield, big berries and exceptional flavor.
This year we hit the strawberry jackpot! Read on to discover our favorite new variety and learn some tips for planting and growing delicious organic strawberries.
Did you know that conventionally grown strawberries are ranked #1 on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen most contaminated produce list? It’s time to grow your own delicious organic strawberries. Strawberries are not hard to grow in the garden or in outdoor containers.
Strawberry plants are hardy perennials that multiply every year. The number of plants you buy the first year will be doubled, tripled or more the next year simply by propagating runners. If you start running out of garden space, the strawberry runners can be potted up in containers.
There are a lot of strawberry varieties to choose from. Our strawberries are a JUNE-BEARING variety, which is the most commonly grown strawberry type.
We like the idea of having a lot of strawberries at once instead of a trickle of fruit spread throughout the season. Plus, June-bearers are usually larger and tastier than everbearing or day neutral varieties.
If you have the space, consider growing more than one variety of June-bearing strawberry. Some varieties ripen early in the season, and other varieties ripen later. You can enjoy an earlier June-bearing harvest followed by a later harvest from a late-season June-bearing variety. We hope to create space for another bed to take advantage of this strawberry season extending concept.
WHAT WE ORDER
Dormant BARE ROOT plants. It’s best to get them in the ground in early spring. Be aware that bare root plants arrive in a dormant state. Even though they may look like they are in poor condition, when you put them in the ground they will perk up when the time is right. DO check to make sure they are not rotten or covered in mold or mildew as such plants are unlikely to thrive.
After extensive research, we’ve found a winner…
The ARCHER STRAWBERRY. Here’s what Krohne Plant Farms has to say about the archer strawberry:
“We are very excited to offer this new variety developed at Cornell University by Courtney Weber. A perfect choice for markets or fruit stands: beautiful, flavorful, aromatic strawberries that hold their size for the 2-3 week season of production. The fruit also holds over well and the hardy plants show resistance to many of the problems common to strawberries. Early season, very large to huge fruit size, excellent flavor, firm.”
We love the Archer Strawberry! The strawberries are on the big size for garden strawberries, and we get exceptional flavor along with substance in each bite. Plump, big, red strawberries that have an amazingly sweet strawberry flavor—what more could you want?
This variety also has a big yield, so you can share the harvest with your whole family!
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