Growing Strawberries In Raised Beds
Strawberries are delicious and easy to grow. You can plant them in the ground or in raised beds, but if you choose to grow them in raised beds, it will save you a lot of time and effort. Here’s how:
Growing Strawberries in Raised Beds
- Raised beds are easier to maintain. Raised beds allow for better drainage, which makes it easier to manage the soil and keep it healthy. Raised beds also tie into the next point…
- Raised beds make gardening easier. Since the ground is tilled at a higher level than with traditional row planting, you can easily reach all of your plants without having to bend over or kneel down on the ground. You’ll have no problem getting in there with a hoe or hand trowel and weeding out any weeds that pop up between your strawberry plants!
- Strawberry plants grow best in raised beds because of their shallow root systems and high water requirements during fruit production (which lasts about 3 weeks). With fewer roots spread out over a larger area, there’s less competition for nutrients from other plant life in this type of setting; so your strawberries will thrive!
Preparing your raised bed for strawberry plants.
Now that you’ve chosen your strawberry plants, it’s time to prep the bed. Start by adding soil around the perimeter of the raised bed and then fill in with compost and fertilizer. If you’re using a commercial mix, add it at a rate of 1/3 compost and 2/3 starter mix or soil. Add more compost if needed to create a nice level surface for your strawberries. Next, add fertilizer on top of that layer so that there’s roughly two inches between where your plants will be planted (as they grow) and where they’ll be fertilized (as they come up).
Preparing the soil for the strawberry plants.
You’ll need to prepare your raised bed soil with compost and fertilizer before you plant the strawberry plants.
First, turn over the soil using a tiller or digging fork so that it is well mixed. Next, test your soil’s pH level to make sure it is neutral (pH 6-7). If it isn’t, add lime according to package directions until you reach the desired pH level for strawberries. For example, if your soil is too acidic (low), add ground limestone; if it’s too alkaline (high), add sulphur. You can also purchase a balanced soil mix from a nursery or garden center that contains all of these things already mixed together for you—perfect for new strawberry beds!
Adding the strawberry plants to raised beds.
- Plant the strawberry plants in the spring, about 2-3 weeks before the last frost date for your area. They need to be planted at a depth of 4-6 inches and spaced about 10-12 inches apart.
- After planting them in the middle of your raised bed, water deeply to settle the soil around their roots.
- Add mulch to keep moisture in and weeds out, but don’t use straw—it could take up too much nitrogen from nearby plants!
How to care for strawberry plants in raised beds.
Once the plants are established, they are fairly easy to care for. Watering is important to keep the plants growing, but over-watering can cause rot or fungus and encourage pests. Weeding is a constant task as strawberries like full sun and do not compete well with weeds for nutrients and water. Fertilizing every two weeks with an organic fertilizer like fish emulsion or kelp will help keep the plant healthy. Pest control should be done early in the season before any damage has been done and then again in late summer when pests have grown worse due to lack of moisture during summer months.
Raised beds are an ideal way to grow strawberries.
Raised beds are an ideal way to grow strawberries. They’re easy to maintain, harvest, water, fertilize and control pests and diseases.
Raised beds are an ideal way to grow strawberries. They’re easier to maintain and they’re more productive than other types of strawberry gardens, especially if you have limited space. If you have the right spot in your yard or garden for a raised bed and want to grow strawberries, this article will show you How To Grow Strawberries In Raised Beds.