Well Summer has finally arrived here in Southern Ireland…..not sure how long for but we will enjoy it while it last. Very very busy day yesterday in the tunnels and the garden……..soooo much to do at this time of year and so nice to do the gardening in the sunshine. Well, I planted up my strawberry plants into larger pots. They were in 3 inch pots and were more than ready to put into their final planting position as they are in flower and lots of strawberries are started to appear. Strawberries are easy enough to grow…..Honest. They can be grown outside but they do like lots of heat and sunshine so this year I have planted them in pots in one of my tunnels. They can be planted straight into the ground, hanging baskets,containers or in growbags………..all of which are fine as long as they are kept well watered. I planted mine into containers this year as we are still working on the tunnel that they are in so they need to be moved around as we work. To plant up your strawberry plants is very simple if you follow these simple steps:
First thing you will need to pot on your strawberry plants is your container, basket or growbag. If your planting into the ground the rules are the same. Strawberries need good, rich, moist compost…….an organic grow bag or your own compost if you have a compost heap! Fill your pot, container or hanging basket up to about a 3rd from the top allowing room for the strawberry plant and roots which will make up quite a bit if it’s in a reasonable sized pot to start with. Carefully take your plant out of it pot by gently squeezing the bottom of it if necessary. Arrange your strawberry plants on top of the compost in your container.
Strawberries can be planted quite close together so you can put 2 or 3 in your container. Once the plants are in position you need to fill the pot up with more compost. It is really really important NOT to cover the top (crown) of the strawberry plant, as this is where the plant grows their new shoots….so fill the pot only to the same level as the plant was in its original pot.
Strawberries will need feeding when they start to flower. Feed your strawberry plants with a good quality fertilizer such as the tomato food…….I know the label says it for tomatoes but its perfect for all flowering veg and some fruit!!
This is the perfect time to go and buy your strawberry plants. Im going to buy some more today so that I hopefully will have strawberries all summer……thats the plan anyway!!
Health Benefits of Strawberries
Did you know that strawberries are one of the superfoods, they are packed full of vitamins, fibre and high levels of antioxidants. Strawberries also help to protect your heart, increase the GOOD cholesterol (HDL) and lower your blood pressure. They are sodium free, fat-free and low in calories! They are classed in the top 20 fruits in the antioxidant category and just one serving….about 8 strawberries will give you more Vitamin C than an orange.
So get planting those juicy, healthy little fruits!!
Also managed to get some more seeds planted:
Beans, Peas, Swede, Cabbage, Corn,Cauliflower and more to do today….busy busy busy!!!
I know some of you will be thinking it’s too late to plant some of these seeds but I will be growing a lot in my tunnel over the winter.
Hope you all have a great day and that the sun shines for you toooooo 🙂