This year we are growing our garden by leaps and bounds. One of the leaps was putting in a strawberry patch. This is my first real attempt at growing strawberries. When we lived in town we put some on a hill that was hard to mow, but that’s all that happened with them. It just became an overgrown weedy mess.
I purchased 25 Ozark Beauties from Gurney’s and then another 20 Everbearing from Wal-Mart. The plants purchased from Gurney’s are doing great. Looks like I’ve only lost one of them. On the other hand, I only have one from the Wal-Mart purchase that made it.
This is what the other 19 from Wal-Mart look like. Fortunately I only paid $5.00 for all of them. I guess you get what you pay for. I only bought them because I had a lot of room left in our patch after I planted the ones from Gurney’s.
I purchased another 10 plants from Orschleins this week to replace some of the dead ones from Wal-Mart. We’ll see how they do.
I spent a good amount of time in the strawberry patch today weeding and replanting. While I was weeding, I went ahead and pinched off the blooms that were on the plants already. I have heard that you should pinch off the blooms and runners the first year so the roots get stronger. I’m impatient though and want berries this year…I’m going to pinch off the blooms now, but I’ll probably let them go as the plants get a little larger.
Here’s a before and after picture. This area has been part of the alfalfa field for the past 3 years, so I know I’ll be battling it for a while.
Do you grow strawberries? Do you pinch off the blooms the first year? I’d love to hear your experience with growing them.