13 Ways to Grow Strawberries + Our Top Must-Try Recipes
It's strawberry season! Grow these juicy berries in your own garden.
Not only are strawberries inexpensive to grow, but they're more delicious picked from the garden. Contrary to popular belief, strawberries are pretty easy to grow, store and freeze. You can plant these vibrant berries in practically any container, so you don't need a large garden to enjoy them. Keep reading for creative ways to grow strawberries, plus check out our favorite recipes.
In a Hanging Basket
Save garden space by planting strawberries in a hanging basket.
In a Windowbox
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Alpine strawberries grow successfully in a small container like a windowbox.
In a PVC Pipe
Use only a square foot of garden space to grow an abundance of strawberries.
In Fabric Pockets
Draft Walls for Planting
When space is at a premium, grow strawberries on a wall using a vertical garden technique. Explore fabric planting pockets for an easy way to create a custom-size wall garden. With pocket planting systems, look at pocket depth and the material’s ability to hold and distribute water. Good systems also provide a type of plastic surface that fits behind the planting pockets to protect the wall.
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Explore fabric planting pockets for an easy way to create a custom-size wall garden. With pocket planting systems, look at pocket depth and the material’s ability to hold and distribute water. Good systems also provide a type of plastic surface that fits behind the planting pockets to protect the wall.
In a Strawberry Pot
A pot won't produce a large crop, but this is a great option if you only want to consume a small amount of berries and to add visual appeal to your outdoor space.
A buttery, flaky crust makes fresh strawberries even more delectable.
Make This: Strawberry Pie
The flavor and texture of fresh strawberries really stand out in this shortcake recipe.
Make This: Strawberry Shortcake
Strawberry Ice Cream
This recipe will turn strawberry into your new favorite ice-cream flavor.
Make This: Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream
Eat this sweet dish for breakfast or dessert.
Make This: Strawberry Strata
Feed your best fur friend strawberries in treat form.
Make This: Strawberry Shortcake Dog Biscuits
Strawberries With Balsamic Vinegar
If you're growing tomatoes and mint in your garden, along with strawberries, you already have the ingredients for this refreshing summertime salad. Just add balsamic vinegar.
Make This: Strawberries With Balsamic Vinegar
Keep cool this summer by puréeing and blending your harvest with ice or frozen fruit.
Make This: Strawberry Smoothie
Large, succulent 'Quinalt' strawberries are fine for eating fresh. The everbearing plants fruit from late spring to summer, and even unrooted runners in pots will produce. Because 'Quinalt' is self-pollinating, you won't need a lot of plants for a good yield.
'Jewel' shines whether you're picking strawberries for eating fresh, canning or preserving. This variety, developed by Cornell University, starts producing large, sweet, firm fruits in June.
Recommended for zones 3 to 10, 'Tribute' is a sweet, aromatic, day-neutral variety. Day-neutral strawberries fruit from summer into fall, while everbearers produce 2 or 3 main crops a year.
If your strawberries are plagued by fungus, try disease-resistant 'Allstar', a June-bearing variety with old-fashioned strawberry flavor. The big, juicy fruits are good for eating out of hand or for freezing.
Sweet 'Earliglow' strawberries are hardy in zones 4 to 9 and adapt well from Southern gardens to the Northeast. These early, June-bearing plants resist leaf scorch and verticillium wilt. The berries are delicious fresh, frozen or made into preserves.
With its high sugar content, everbearing 'Albion' is an ideal dessert berry. These day-neutral plants are good for organic gardeners, thanks to their resistance to verticillium wilt, phytophthora rot and anthracnose crown rot.