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.

GROW THEM

In a Hanging Basket 

Summer Berry Basket Ready for Harvest

Summer Berry Basket Ready for Harvest

Soak the berry basket with water, and allow the water to drain out before suspending it from a sturdy bracket or hook. Water daily in warm weather.

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2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

In a Windowbox

Strawberries in Window Box Planters

Strawberries in Window Box Planters

Strawberries can be grown in hanging baskets or window boxes. Dainty, tasty Alpines are the best choice for this kind of container. Harvest and eat the berries as they ripen throughout the summer.

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DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Alpine strawberries grow successfully in a small container like a windowbox.

In a PVC Pipe

strawberry tower

strawberry tower

Use only a square foot of garden space to grow an abundance of strawberries.

In Fabric Pockets

Draft Walls for Planting

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.

Photo by: Image courtesy of FloraFelt.com

Image courtesy of FloraFelt.com

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

Strawberry Pots Filled with Trailing Berries

Strawberry Pots Filled with Trailing Berries

Strawberries have long fruiting stems that make an attractive trailing display in terra cotta strawberry pots.

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2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

EAT THEM

Strawberry Pie

Strawberry Pie

Strawberry Pie

Strawberry pie delivers the taste of field-fresh berries nestled in flaky, golden crust.

Photo by: Photo by Mick Telkamp

Photo by Mick Telkamp

A buttery, flaky crust makes fresh strawberries even more delectable.

Make This: Strawberry Pie

Strawberry Shortcake

strawberry shortcake

strawberry shortcake

strawberry shortcake

Photo by: Image courtesy of Passion Food Hospitality

Image courtesy of Passion Food Hospitality

The flavor and texture of fresh strawberries really stand out in this shortcake recipe.

Strawberry Ice Cream

Strawberry Ice Cream

Strawberry Ice Cream

Cool, creamy strawberry ice cream is best made fresh at home.

This recipe will turn strawberry into your new favorite ice-cream flavor.

Strawberry Strata

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Eat this sweet dish for breakfast or dessert.

Make This: Strawberry Strata

Dog Biscuits

Strawberry Shortcake Dog Biscuits

Strawberry Shortcake Dog Biscuits

Delight your pet with this dog-friendly take on the classic berries-and-cream dessert.

Feed your best fur friend strawberries in treat form.

Strawberries With Balsamic Vinegar

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Strawberry tomato salad

Photo by: Simone van den Berg

Simone van den Berg

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.

Strawberry Smoothie

Strawberry Smoothie

Strawberry Smoothie

Strawberry Smoothie

Keep cool this summer by puréeing and blending your harvest with ice or frozen fruit.

Make This: Strawberry Smoothie

Popular Strawberries to Grow

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'Elegance' Strawberry

'Elegance' stawberries are bright orange-red and have a conic shape. The plants show good resistance to powdery mildew and verticillium wilt, and the berries hold up nicely in the rain. For best flavor, let the fruits ripen to full red.

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Strawberry 'Quinalt'

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.

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Strawberry 'Jewel'

'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.

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Strawberry 'Tristan'

With their rose-pink blooms and plump fruits, 'Tristan' strawberry plants make an attractive addition to the garden. This everbearing variety is compact enough to grow in containers.

Photo By: Courtesy of Bonnie Plants

Strawberry 'Tribute'

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.

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Strawberry 'Allstar'

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.

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'White Soul' Alpine Strawberry

'White Soul' is an alpine strawberry variety that produces tiny, cream-colored fruits on a vigorous, 6-inch everbearing plant. Their sweet flavor is said to be similar to pineapples. 

Strawberry 'Earliglow'

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.

Photo By: Courtesy of Park Seed

'Albion' Strawberry

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.

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Strawberry 'Mara des Bois'

Developed in France, 'Mara des Bois' has plump, big, aromatic fruits that taste like wild strawberries. This everbearing variety produces from summer until frost.

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'Sonata' June-Bearing Strawberry

Bright red 'Sonata' is a mid-season, June-bearing variety. The plants hold up well in heat and rainy weather and produce sweet, juicy fruits.

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'Cambridge Favorite' Strawberry

Well adapted to container growing, 'Cambridge Favorite' produces lots of orange-red fruits with a sweet flavor from June to July. The plants  tolerate a range of growing conditions.

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