The Strawberry Patch

The staff at Spotts Garden Service are berry lovers of the first order. (Amy F makes a mean strawberry shortcake!)

No matter how small your garden, you can fit in some strawberries. And one taste of the home-grown article will make you swear off those grocery store berries forever!

The haul from Amy M's front-yard strawberry patch.

Strawberries like full sun, good soil, and consistent moisture. Once they leaf out in spring, we mulch them with straw to keep the berries from resting on the ground.

Strawberries are  a short-lived perennials: plant the first year, then harvest for the next two or three. By the fourth year, the strawberries decline, so renew the patch by taking runners from your existing berries and moving them to a new spot.

Strawberries make a great addition to the vegetable garden, because you can build this patch renewal into your crop rotation schedule.

Day neutral berries produce more berries than runners and fruit throughout the summer. Tristar is a good one for our area.

Everbearing strawberries give you a large crop in early summer and a smaller one later in the year. Ozark Beauty is an everbearer.

June-bearing strawberries give a big summer crop, usually in May or June. These are what you want for canning and making jam. We like Honeoye; Allstar and Surecrop are also good.

Amy graduated from DePauw University with a degree in physics, a lifelong love of theatre, and a problem-solving style that combines the approaches from both those fields. A Master Gardener and long-time communications professional, Amy conducts gardening seminars and blogs about gardening in addition to her work with Spotts.

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