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Growing Strawberries

by Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book

Strawberries are easy to grow, delicious to eat, and the plant bears fruit for years.


Strawberries are easy to grow and delicious to eat. Best of all, the plants bear fruit year after year.

Materials
  • Strawberry seedlings
  • Compost
  • Straw mulch

Directions

  1. Help your child plant strawberry seedlings about one foot apart in a sunny area with well-drained soil. Plant multiple rows about two feet apart.
  2. Water the plants regularly.
  3. For the first three months after you plant them, remove the blossoms from each plant.
  4. During the first two growing seasons, remove all the runners from the plants. These techniques help the plants grow sturdy.
  5. You won't get any berries in the first growing season, but you will get berries in the second growing season.
  6. When cold weather arrives and the ground freezes, cover your plants with straw. Remove the straw the following spring.
  7. Starting in the third growing season, let the runners grow. These will form new rows of strawberry plants. Remove the older plants in the fall.
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