If you are a fresh fruit fan, this could be the time for you to
start your own strawberry plants. These fruits are fairly small but
full of good stuff. Strawberries have few calories but lots of
nutrients, minerals and vitamins. They also have health benefits
and fight cancer, aging, neurological diseases and
There are two types of strawberries, June-bearers and
ever-bearers. June-bearers produce their crop for three weeks in
late spring or early summer. Ever-bearers product fruit from spring
to fall. The question of which kind you should plant is about time.
June-bearers are the first fruits to ripen. Their plants
produce many runners and grow as ground cover. For these
berries, mulching is mandatory and picking requires bending.
Ever-bearers are a little bit less work. They bloom and set fruit
all season, especially in fall. Plants produce few runners;
grow in containers, on walls or in a specimen bed.
June-bearing are easy to grow in many climates and can
grow as winter annuals in warm climates. Ever-bearers are
a high-yielding variety and can also be winter annuals in warm
climates, or can grow in a greenhouse. Growing strawberries
requires sun and acidic soi. If you want to grow them, now is the
time...as early as six weeks before your last frost.
Expect some flavor variation each season. Cool, wet springs lead
to soft, watery berries, while plenty of warm sun brings
about firmer, sweeter fruits. Pick strawberries with a short
stub of green stem attached, much like you see in the grocery. It's
best to pick them in the morning when it is cooler and refrigerate
immediately. Wash them under cool running water and remove
their green caps before eating or preserving. The best flavor
is in the first three days after harvest.
Try some of these great strawberry recipes:
Strawberry Freezer Jam
Strawberry Zucchini bread
For more information on growing berries, keep reading.