Yum!!! We have really enjoyed gathering fresh strawberries every morning! I am looking forward to the strawberry patch spreading out more each year and providing us with enough berries to freeze or make jam!
The last step we took to grow our strawberries was to add red rocks! The red rocks fool the birds into thinking that your strawberry patch grows really hard strawberries that they don’t want. It is a fun project for kids to gather stones, spray paint them strawberry red and then scatter them in the garden.
When the strawberries were first starting to grow, I plucked out all the strawberry runners so the plants could put their energy into making the berries. Now that the berry production has slowed way down I am letting the runners go. You can train the runners to go where you want by clearing the straw away right under the little leaves on the end of the runner. Then replace the straw over the long stem of the runner to keep it in place and soon roots will grow beneath the tiny leaves and you will have a new strawberry plant!
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