Nothing beats a delicious fresh homegrown strawberry on a hot summer day! Growing strawberries in raised beds is a pretty easy way to grow a great strawberry crop. If you keep some simple tips in mind when planting and caring for your raised strawberry bed, you will harvest an abundance of fresh organic strawberries to enjoy this summer!
Growing Strawberries in Raised Beds
Here I’ll cover all the basics of growing strawberries in raised beds. Like any plant, give strawberry plants what they like and you will reap a good harvest.
Location for Strawberry Raised Bed
This is very important, and the first thing you need to consider when growing strawberries in a raised bed. Make sure the area you are planting your strawberries gets at least 8-10 hours of sunlight per day. Strawberries thrive in full sun, so make sure you find a really good spot. Good drainage is also important.
Best Soil for Strawberry Plants
A slightly acidic soil is best for growing strawberries, so it is important to do a soil test. Plenty of nutrient rich organic matter in the soil is also beneficial. One of the benefits of growing strawberries in a raised bed is that you have complete control over soil conditions from day one.
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Planting The Right Time of Year
Depending on where you live will depend what time of year you plant strawberries. If you live in an extremely hot climate you will plant in the fall, and if in a cooler climate you planting is done in the Spring. Your local gardening store can help you to determine the right season to plant your elevated strawberry beds for your area.
Spacing the Strawberry Plants in Raised Bed
The spacing your strawberry plants require within the raised bed varies by the types of strawberries you choose. For the most part, those that only set fruit once per year (June bearing varieties) need 1-1 1/2 foot spacing between each plant. Everbearing strawberry varieties tend to need a little less space and can be placed as close as 8 inches apart, though closer to a foot is better. Packaging should indicate the varieties exact needs.
Watering & Mulching Strawberries in Raised Beds
As for water you will want to give about an inch of water per plant each week, unless you are having severely hot dry spells or live in hot conditions. While I do recommend mulching around each plant, because strawberries don’t have a deep root system, I suggest holding off on mulching your strawberry garden beds until late spring or early summer. This allows the strawberry plants to enjoy sun warmed soil during the cooler weeks, and the moisture retention and weed blocking of the mulch during the hotter ones.
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Trimming Strawberry Runners
Each year your strawberry plants produce runners. Runners are the long stems that run off the central plant and create more strawberry plants. The runners root nearby and produce new plants, but they remained attached to the main plant and drain out nutrients. Because of this it is important to trim them when you see them develop, if you don’t it can really hurt the main plant and reduce the amount of berries you get. They could potentially stop the plants from producing fruit completely. If you mulch around the base of your raised bed strawberry garden stray runners will be easy to catch before they take hold outside the confines of their patch.
Attracting Bees to Your Raised Bed Strawberry Garden
Planting flowering trees, bushes or flowers near your raised bed strawberry garden will help attract bees. These bees will of course help pollinate your plants!
Fertilizing Your Plants
With fertilizer your strawberries will grow bigger and produce more berries. I suggest using your own compost or an organic fertilizer. It is also helpful to test your soil, not just to ensure the ph is acidic for the plants, but to see if soil amendments such as adding bone meal are needed.
I hope these simple tips will help you have great success growing strawberries in raised beds. If you have any other good tips on successfully growing strawberry plants in a raised bed, let us know.
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