Organic Food and Beverages
Buy Organics: Where and How?
Use strawberry pots or a strawberry planter to grow your own organic berries. You can start your berries from organic strawberry seeds or plants. Use strawberry information and organic growing methods.
If you're craving homegrown organic strawberries, you're going to need strawberry pots, at least one strawberry planter, strawberry seeds or seedlings, and some solid strawberry information to get you started. Let's start with the pot.
Strawberry planters usually have an urn shape and numerous little cups on every side. They come in a lot of different materials so there's sure to be one that matches your landscape style.
Shop after your growing season is over to get a good price on a strawberry planter, and remember that if you want low-maintenance then go for a larger pot. You won't have to water as frequently that way.
Strawberry Information: Types of Strawberries
Once you get the berry pots you'll want to chose between the various types of strawberry plants. Use organic plants and growing methods for the healthiest, juiciest, and tastiest berries. Overall, avoid June bearing berries as they don't grow very well in pots. Use ever-bearing organic strawberries. Although smaller in berry size, these strawberries are far more successful and you'll have fresh, organic fruit throughout your growing season.
Strawberry Pots and Strawberry Planter: Use Organic Soil
It's usually easier to work with strawberry plants compared to strawberry seeds but you can do either. First, however, if youre using a terracotta pot then soak it with water for about 60 minutes. Put something in the bottom of the pot to keep the soil from falling out, but still allow for drainage (a few small rocks work nicely). Fill up with organic soil until you reach the lowest level of cups and sow in your strawberry seeds or plant.
Cover with more soil and keep working your way up until youre done. Give the plants a good watering and make sure that the strawberry pots get at least 6 hours of sunlight - otherwise the plants wont grow as well.
In terms of upkeep you really dont have to do much other than make sure the plants dont dry out. If you plan on leaving the strawberries in the same pot year after year a little organic fertilizer would be a good idea (use organic compost).
Some people move their strawberry pots into a warmer, sheltered location in winter time (like an enclosed porch) but truthfully you can leave them out and still get a great growth come spring. Your pot is more sensitive to cold than the plants themselves (you can wrap the outside of the pot; although if you live in an area that has far below freezing levels in the winter, move the pot into your garage or a warmer area)!
Strawberry Information: Did you Know?
Strawberries are actually a part of the same genus as roses. There is some argument that strawberries cannot be a fruit because this berry has the seeds on the outside instead of the inside (over 200 of them!). Historically, Native Americans used strawberries in bread, while Europeans loved putting them in their gardens and the French served them in wedding feasts.
No matter whether they are a fruit or not, they taste delicious, are relatively easy to grow organically, and are a highly productive plant.
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