Growing strawberries in raised beds takes a little know how and some special considerations. They are fairly easy to grow, but you need to follow some special care tips so that they grow optimally. There are six things to know about growing strawberries in a raised garden bed. These are soil preparation, watering, plant selection, the use of a greenhouse and pruning. By learning about these six things, you will be ready to learn about growing strawberries in your own garden.
Soil preparation is one of the first things you need to know about when you are considering growing strawberries in a raised garden bed. There are a number of different kinds of soil that are suitable for growing strawberries. If you are having trouble locating soil that is right for your chosen shrub, you might want to ask an expert in the area. Once you have soil that is suitable, you need to water the area daily and make sure it is well-drained. This will help the plants grow to their maximum potential.
Once the soil preparation is finished, you can turn your attention to planting your chosen strawberries. You will need to select a group of plants that grow and spread out well. These should be at least four plants, but the number can be as high as nine or ten. Some experienced strawberry growers like to have as many as twelve or more selected plants in a single row.
After you have selected the plants you want to start with, you will need to prepare the soil properly. This means taking care to ensure that it has good drainage. Loose soil allows moisture to wick away from the roots, so you need to water them carefully, especially if you have planted very large groups of plants. If the soil is extremely dry or you are putting on too much water, the plants can quickly become heavy. Heavy soil encourages plant diseases such as leaf spot and root rot.
If you have planted strawberries in raised beds before, then you know that they grow really well in this environment. However, it is still best to check on them every few weeks to make sure they are doing well. One sign that your strawberries are not doing well is if they are growing too fast. If they are, there could be a problem with the roots. You will also want to watch for discoloration around the leaves as this is another symptom of disease. You need to make sure that your plants stay healthy.
Also, depending on the type of plant, there can be disease concerns. Make sure to ask a friend or gardener before you get started to find out what they recommend. You don’t want to take any chances.
Some other things to keep in mind are that your plants need to have plenty of room. If the beds are too crowded, your plants won’t have room to grow. Be sure to build your trellis properly so that the plants have room to grow. Also, if you are using plastic trellises make sure that they have been treated with a high quality insecticide. This will prevent them from being eaten away by termites and other insects.
Now that you have learned about strawberries and their growing conditions, you will have more confidence if you plan to grow more of them. They don’t need an overly moist atmosphere but neither do they need too much room. With the proper care, they will thrive in just about any garden space. Just make sure that your soil is rich with nutrients. Then your plants will grow healthy and strong.