A strawberry may be the perfect topping for a cheesecake, but to grow a strawberry garden requires more than just one large fruit. Instead, a strawberry is perfect for an ornamental landscape because of its ability to endure heavy, wet, and windy conditions. So, in order to ensure a healthy strawberry garden, you’ll need to prepare the soil properly.
Well-drained soil will help to maintain adequate levels of groundwater that are necessary for healthy plant growth. Strawberries thrive in sandy loam soils. Proper soil type should be selected to ensure an abundant supply of nutrients. Ensure that the location is not located near any mineral soil as the weeds can take advantage of the nutrients in the groundwater. It’s also important to maintain the soil at a level where the strawberries can easily penetrate it.
Strawberries require adequate sunlight to thrive. Any shade should be removed or the crop is at risk of being damaged by insects and diseases. Staking will help to protect the strawberry from high winds by helping to provide extra support for the plants. Make sure that there is sufficient room for all the plants to grow in together. You want each plant to be equally happy and healthy without having to suffer a potentially expensive transplant.
Process Of Harvesting Strawberry Garden
When harvesting your ripe strawberry crop, make sure that the blades are all completely dry. If a strawberry isn’t completely dry, moisture can be lost through the skin.
The first cut of the strawberry plant should be made after the leaves are harvested. It will encourage new growth from the existing stem. Always use a sharp, clean blade on the cutting to prevent blisters from forming on the plant’s stem.
The second cut is critical for the production of healthy growth. This cut will remove the lowermost leaf which can break off at this point, exposing the new shoots.
To ensure the strawberry remains healthy, the cut should be completed before the plant begins to produce its primary foliage, usually spring. These shoots are known as nodules and should be treated as quickly as possible. Before the flowering period begins, it’s also recommended to remove all the cuttings and buds, as they could soon become infected.
Healthy shoots will eventually form on the new cut. When these shoots begin to grow, it’s best to dig them out from the root so that they can continue to reproduce.
Strawberries, like all fruits, are often harvested at their early season to allow time for a vigorous harvest. After harvesting, discard any bruised or discolored strawberry plant leaves, or else they may develop mold.
If strawberries are to be harvested too early in the season, the plants may contract cold or fungus that will leave them withered and dried out, resulting in a poor-tasting fruit. Choose the dates when the plants are producing most of their fruit, as this allows for a larger amount of green shoots for harvesting.
Proper care should be taken to keep the plant warm and moist so that the fresh strawberries can remain safe and healthy for a longer period of time. Water the strawberries sparingly after picking. Avoid leaving them in the sun or heat, as the water can evaporate into the air causing dehydration.
To preserve the fruit for longer periods of time, dried, thawed, and frozen strawberry fruit can be made into preserves, jams, and more. Many of these products can be made with the fresh fruit that was picked months ago, which is a great way to share this year’s harvest with family and friends.