Switching it up with your strawberries
Strawberries make the perfect summer fruit and are one of the most versatile crops. Now you don’t even need a kitchen garden to grow them in!
This season how about growing your strawberries in a hanging basket? With the fruits growing over the edges, they look great and the fact they will have plenty of air circulating around them eliminates the likelihood of mould and mildew occurring. Additionally, because they are off the ground, they are completely safe from the wrath of slugs and snails. If you don’t want to reach for the heights, strawberries will grow brilliantly in terracotta pots or even in window troughs.
Our tips for growing strawberries in containers are;
- – keep them well fed and watered.
- – don’t worry about the lack of soil, it isn’t a problem as strawberries only have shallow roots.
- -whilst feeding and watering we recommend trying to keep water away from the leaves to avoid fungal diseases.
- – try this popular feeding trick- to use a liquid tomato feed (like Tomorite) every couple of weeks once the strawberries have begun to flower. This works well due to the high potash content in the feed.
- – hang your baskets or place your pots in a sunny spot which is ideal to encourage the swelling and ripening of fruits.
With 7 different varieties being grown here at St Bridget Nurseries, all with different qualities such as yield size, harvest times, disease resistance, flavour and plant shape. There will inevitably be one to suit your garden needs. Speak to our experts if you need more information about the specifics of each variety of strawberry!
Other ‘edible baskets’
If you love this hanging basket idea, it is also adaptable to tumbling tomatoes, chillies, cut and come again salad and herbs! What will your next edible basket contain?