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Strawberries

Who among us does not adore Strawberries? We remember warm summer afternoons, hiking through summer fields and gathering wild Strawberries as children (and trying not to eat them all before we got home). Now, with a bit of patience, you can grow this precious berry from seed in your own garden! Best used in desserts, salad or fresh out of the garden and popped in your mouth, Strawberries may also be frozen for later use in sauces, tarts or pies and canned in jams, jellies and compotes. To get a little crop the first year, start Strawberries 16 weeks before the last spring frost date and raise as transplants.

Average seed life: 1 to 2 years.

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Strawberries Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:1/16”-1/8”
Row Spacing:24”-30”
Plant Spacing:12”
Days to Germination:30 days
Germination Temperature:55°-65°F

In order to get a crop the first year, sow Strawberry seeds up to 16 weeks before the last frost date. Seeds sown 8 to 12 weeks before the last frost date will not produce until the following year. Sow very shallowly since light aids germination. Provide strong light, good air circulation and 55° to 65°F temperatures: seeds kept above 70°F will not germinate. Ensure moist soil by covering with plastic wrap until seedlings emerge. After all danger of frost has passed, harden plants off by gradually acclimating them to the outdoors over 7 to 10 days. Amend the soil as necessary with organic fertilizer, compost and/or well-rotted manure. Transplant out in rich, well-draining soil and full sunlight at the same depth. Water regularly and mulch with straw to deter weeds, retain ground moisture, keep the fruit clean and prevent mature fruit from rotting. Feed regularly.

Guilty Pleasures: Homegrown Strawberries