Strawberry plants are a welcome addition to any home orchard garden. Strawberries plantings are easy to grow and require a minimum of space. With your strawberry transplants pinch off any blooms during their first year planted. This allows the plants to force all energy into growing the plants into larger ones so the second year has much stronger fruit production. Strawberry runners come along during the second year and can be divided for new strawberry plantings.
Strawberry tip: Grow strawberry plants in open sunny areas as ground covers. Plant in spaces that will not have a lot of foot traffic.
Try to avoid very low-lying areas prone to spring frosts, and you should definitely plan to purchase a white spun bonded row cover to protect open strawberry blossoms from spring frosts and freezes. The same cover may be used for bird control during harvest. Berries not eaten fresh can be readily frozen or preserved.
Besides being an excellent dessert fruit,strawberries are a good source of vitamin C as well as being low in calories. Here are tasty ideas on how to use your juicy, sweet strawberries.