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Strawberries a ‘simple plant to grow’

Greenhouse enthusiasts have been told strawberries are a simple fruit to grow.

The plants can be classed in three groups, according to stargazette.com – June-bearing, ever-bearing and day-neutral.

Planting should take place in spring, with the specimens being located in a sunny, well-drained area.

Gardeners should be careful not to over-fertilise as this can cause smaller fruit and extra leaves, the article suggests.

Popular varieties of June-bearing plants include Earligrow, Jewel and Honeoye, while everbearing examples Fort Laramie and Ogallala are also popular.

Tristar and Tribute are suggested day-neutrals and growers can cut problems by ensuring they only choose healthy specimens.

“If an entire plant becomes diseased, remove … and replace it with a healthy runner from another plant,” the article states.

According to the BBC, placing a net over the crops can help prevent birds from munching on the fruit.

It also advises putting pellets, grit or broken egg shells under each plant to prevent slugs.

  • Tobias

    Representative Comer is to be commended for his oacdcavy and support of urban agricluture. I’d llike to point out that urban food production can produce significant economic activity, as well as delivering social and environmental benefits. Up until recently there have not been any economically viable models for commercial crop production that were appropriately scaled for cities. But in the last few years new farmers in the US and Canada have been having success with SPIN-Farming, which is an organic-based, small plot farming system that outlines how to make money growing in backyards, front lawns and neighborhood lots. The next important step in building the capacity of local food systems is to convert some of the energy and enthusiasm surrounding urban agricluture into viable farming businesses. This will require training a large and diverse number of residents in appropriately scaled farming methods and microenterprise development and getting them up and operational quickly, and I’d encourage Rep. Comer to include this in his plans as well.