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I love the Lord and my big crazy family. My husband and I have been together for 43 years. I am a mother of two grown children and a grandmother to four biological grandchildren and six others. I own and operate my own home care business primarily for the elderly. Many sites have been sold or did upgrades which messed up back links, if you find a broken link let me know and I will fix it.I have written online articles for Bubblews, Seekyt, TopicSpotter and Triond. You may still find some of my articles on Ehow/Demand Studio.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Growing Strawberries: Grow and Pick Strawberries

Strawberry season will soon be upon us, and not only do they taste great they are so good for you.

According to world's healthiest foods, "Many foods commonly consumed in the U.S. are valuable sources of antioxidants, however, researchers have recently ranked the 50 best antioxidant sources among commonly eaten foods and found strawberries to be quite exceptional. When total antioxidant capacity was measured against a uniform amount of food (100 grams, or about 3.5 ounces), strawberries ranked 27th best among U.S. foods. In addition, when only fruits were considered, strawberries came out 4th among all fruits (behind blackberries, cranberries, and raspberries)"  

Strawberries are an easy plant to grow. They pretty much take care of themselves. You will have to pull the weeds from your strawberries to keep your patch clean and easy to pick. Having organic strawberries are even better, no pesticides concerns.
The real problem is you have to wait a year after you plant for a good crop. Therefore, if you haven't planted yours put them in the ground now so you can have juicy organic strawberries next summer.

Supplies need to grow and pick strawberries:

  • Strawberry plants
  • Straw/grass clippings for mulch
  • Rototiller
  • Cardboard boxes/quart containers
  • A strong healthy back

Steps to grow and pick strawberries:

1.     Using a Rototiller, clean up the land you are going to use for the strawberry patch.  Doing it right from the beginning is essential.
2.    Go to your local greenhouse’s or nurseries, shop by catalog and find the variety of strawberries that will suit your needs and the land you have to grow them in. Strawberries are not all the same. Some are for eating, some for jams or pies. Some even come in hanging baskets for smaller places. If you know how you want to use the strawberries before buying the plants would be very helpful.
3.     After you have purchased your strawberry plants and tilled the ground, plant the strawberry plants. Put straw or grass clippings around the edges and plants to keep the weeds down and moisture in.
4.     As your strawberry plants mature, they will get little white flowers on them that will turn into strawberries. To some this may seem obvious, but there are people out there that have never seen a strawberry farm or plant.
5.     With the right temperatures and sunshine, your strawberries will be ripe the first weeks of June. That is when you will need all those quart containers or cardboard boxes.
6.     Every year your strawberry plants produce runners and your patch will grow rapidly, as you are picking you will need to move the strawberry plants from side to side to see the whole plant. The strawberries will not jump out and say pick me, you will have to look for them.

Tip: When strawberries start to come on, they will ripen quickly and on a daily basis, so check them often. Growing and picking organic strawberries will be great for the whole family.

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