Did you know?Every year about 27,000 kilos of strawberries are eaten during Wimbledon. But you don't need to be watching the tennis to enjoy them - get the cream out whenever your strawberries are ready!
What you'll need
- Compost or well rotted manure
- Strawberry plants, either in pots or bare root ones (which means they're sold with the roots exposed)
- Straw or bark
- Fertiliser (such as Grow More or Fish, Blood and Bonemeal)
When to start planting?Autumn.
When are they ready?Depending on which type you plant, they'll be ready from June to September
Where to plant?Somewhere sunny but sheltered from the wind
Step-by-step guide1. Prepare your soil by forking in some compost or well-rotted manure. Make sure your soil is free-draining. If it becomes water logged, your plants will rot.
2. Plant your plants in the soil around 30cm (12in) apart. Bare-root strawberry plants should be planted in the autumn.
3. In spring, rake a general fertiliser between your plants. Cover the ground under the strawberries with straw or bark to keep the fruit clean.
4. Pick the fruits when they're fully ripe.
5. After you've picked all the fruit, compost the straw or bark and chop all foliage down to the ground.
6. After 3 years your strawberry plants will stop growing as well because of the build up of disease. Plant new plants from runners.
CostYou can buy 10 strawberry plants for around £8.
Top tip for growingStrawberries are popular with lots of animals, so protect your plants with slug pellets and use taut chicken wire or netting.
Goodtoknow's easy gardening rating:3/5 - make sure you protect them properly and they'll turn out great!
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