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Pot Up Delicious Strawberries

Growing berries in containers helps deter pests and protects the fruits from wet soil.

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When to Start: early spring
At Their Best: summer
Time to Complete: 1-1/2 hours

Materials Needed:

  • three strawberry plants
  • large pot
  • broken clay pot pieces
  • multipurpose potting mix
  • slow-release granular fertilizer
  • bark chips
  • straw

Prepare to Plant

An hour before planting, thoroughly water three young, healthy plants. Cover the holes in the base of the large pot with broken clay pieces to prevent soil from blocking them, and then add soil until the pot is two-thirds full. Firm down lightly.

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Ease Plants From Small Containers

Take the plants out of their pots and check the roots. If they are root-bound, the roots running in tight circles inside the pot, tease them out carefully to help the plants establish quicker.

Plant Around Edge of Pot

Place the three plants around the edges of the pot so that the fruits will dangle over. Fill all around them with soil, add some fertilizer granules and then firm down. Water well, then every day after that.

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Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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