Add a bit of nutrition and beauty to your patio, deck or balcony with a pot of strawberries.
The runners, flowers and fruit of June or spring bearing as well as day-neutral strawberries make for an attractive hanging basket. Set the plastic pot inside a decorative container.
Or use a traditional strawberry pot. Consider growing everbearing plants that produce several harvests and no runners.
Place soil on the bottom of the container. Set a couple of perforated PVC down through the planter. As you water, the water travels through the pipe and out the holes, providing moisture to all plants from top to bottom.
Slide the plants through the hole from the inside of the pot. Fill the remaining space with soil. Gently tamp and water thoroughly to eliminate air pockets.
Check your container daily and water thoroughly and often enough to keep the soil slightly moist. Incorporate a low-nitrogen slow-release fertilizer, like Milorganite, into the soil at planting or sprinkle over the soil surface as needed. This type of fertilizer promotes growth without interfering with flowering and fruit production.
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