Strawberries - Organic Growing Guides for Teachers

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Strawberries - Organic Growing Guides for Teachers + Students + Schools - One Pot Pledge

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  • 1. Strawberries Attractive low growing bushy plants, with white flowers and hanging stems of luscious fruits. Strawberries look good in pots, planters and hanging baskets. They will thrive outdoors, in a sunny spot for ripening the fruits. Buy young plants to put into your pots. They can crop for 2 or 3 years.Home grown strawberries rarely make it into the kitchen, let alone into a bowl. They are delicious straight from the plant. Start with an everbearer, a variety which crops from early July to autumn. Suggested pot size: 4 plants in a hanging basket, 35cm diameter. 3 plants in a 30 x 30cm pot.Photography Ray SpenceAll strawberry varieties can be grown in pots.Some everbearers to try: Aromel medium-sized, well-flavoured berries. Calypso crops in June and again in late summer Remove early flowers for a better autumn crop Everest - reliable and steady cropper Flamenco - medium to large berries; crops late August/early SeptemberPlant1.ut a 3cm layer of large gravel or broken up P polystyrene into the bottom of a pot. 2.ill pot to within 3cm of the rim with moist F compost and firm down gently. 3.ot grown plants - turn the pot upside down P and gently tap the plant and soil out. Plant it into the bigger pot. Bare rooted plants - spread the roots out as you plant. 4. n both cases do not bury the plants too deep. I The crown, where the leaves emerge, should be just above soil level. 5. Water well and recheck the depth of planting.Strawberries Growing tips Buy plants either growing in small pots, or as bare root plants (bought by mail order). Plant in autumn for the best crop next year. If you plant in spring or summer, remove all the flowers for the first 6 weeks so the plant has time to grow good roots. Hard to do, but worth the wait! Compost to use: Potting compost, organic and peat-free. A loam based mix is best. Watering tips: Keep compost moist, but dont over water. Too much water will spoil the flavour. Support: None neededGrowRemove any flowers that may appear over the next 6 weeks.EatSpring FebMarPick the strawberry fruits when red. They develop their real flavour when really ripe. Enjoy.Summer AprMayJunJulProtection: May need to be covered with a net when the fruits are ripening to stop the birds eating them. Feeding: Use an organic liquid tomato feed once fruits start to form.Autumn AugSepOctNovPlant pot grown plants Plant bare root plants Harvestwww.gardenorganic.org.ukThe One Pot Pledge concept was devised by Food Up Front, the urban food growing network. Trade Mark registered to Food Up Front. Garden Organic is a registered charity no.298104