The strawberry season is beginning. If you want to harvest these fruits with their sweet, aromatic flavour in your own garden this summer, now it’s the right time to make provisions.
Strawberries can be planted from September up to the end of December. The earlier you plant them, the longer they have time to ingrain. Favoured are locations where they can fully enjoy the sun but which is not vulnerable to late frost. The soil should be well drained and slightly sandy. Every three to four years, the location of your strawberry beds should be changed.
Before planting the strawberries, you should dig over the soil. Also, do not forget to put the root balls into a water bath. Finally the plants can be put into the soil at a distance of about 30 cm to each other. The distance from row to row should be about 60 cm.
The planting hole should be deep enough so that the roots will find plenty of space. However, the central bud, the "heart" of the plant, should rise above the ground. After planting, press the top layer of the soil firmly and water well. During the initial phase the soil must not dry out completely.
To protect the plants in winter from frosts, you can mulch the soil with some straw. When the strawberries start to blossom, you can renew the straw so you have clean and dry fruits at harvest time.