How to Grow Strawberries in Your Backyard

Growing strawberries is easy, and they will give you a big return on little investment: fat, juicy, bright red globes that taste divine fresh or preserved in a basic strawberry jam.

  • As most strawberry varieties ripen, the fruit changes color from white to pink to red. As the color changes, sugars develop in the fruit.
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  • Set the top of the crown of the strawberry plant just above the soil line.
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  • “The Backyard Homestead,” edited by Carleen Madigan, gives you all the hardworking information necessary to turn your backyard in to a cornucopia of delicious, organic food.
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From growing fruits and vegetables to churning butter and raising chickens, The Backyard Homestead (Storey Publishing, 2009), edited by Carleen Madigan, has all of the how-to information that you need to make a wide array of food items. In this excerpt from Chapter 2: Backyard Fruits and Nuts, Madigan explains how to grow strawberries — the one fruit that she says every homesteader should cultivate.

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If there’s one fruit every homesteader and suburbanite should cultivate, it’s the strawberry. No matter where you live, you can find a variety that will thrive in your area (see “Recommended Varieties by Region” at the end of this article). Strawberries typically do best in cool, moist regions, but you can also grow them in hot, dry climates, especially if you adjust nutrients, provide proper windbreaks, and give plants plenty of supplemental water during July, August and September.

Strawberry Fruiting Habits

Strawberry varieties fall into one of several distinct fruiting habits.



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