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Let’s Make A Splash! 60 Backyard Pond Ideas For Any Budget You Can Start This Weekend!

Have you ever looked at your backyard and thought to yourself, “Wouldn’t it be nice to add a pond? I wish I had the time”. Well, look no further than these ideas right here! In this article, I’ll show you 60 easy pond ideas that you can get started on this weekend, regardless of your budget! Are you ready? Let’s dive right in!

Ponds For A Small Budget

Who says you can’t have nice things on a tight budget? As you can see below, there are plenty of pond options for you even if you don’t want to break the bank.


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A great way to recycle an old tire, this pond makes good use of cheap materials. Simply dig a hole for the tire, line it, fill it, and decorate and you are set!


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Waterfalls are one of the best features any pond can have. With a bit of planning and some old watering cans, you can create a simple, yet eye-catching display for your pond.


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All you need for this idea is a simple kiddy pool which you can purchase at any number of stores. Once you have it installed, line the outside with wood or rocks to create a simple backyard pond.


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If you have a lot of extra rocks laying around, you can make this beautiful backyard pond. Take the time to carefully lay the rocks on the pond border to create a symmetric backyard paradise.


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It doesn’t get much simpler than this pond idea! With the cheap plastic liner, all you need to do is dig a hole to fit the liner and then decorate to fit your style.


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Small, symmetrical, simple, and serene, this backyard pond is too cute! The rectangular design will give your yard a fresh and modern vibe that your guests will be sure to be talking about.


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Three ponds for the price of one! Each is simple and small, but when you put them all together, you get a simply divine display for your back yard. You could easily customize the layout to suit your needs better.


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Another tractor tire idea. However, for this one, you won’t need to do any digging! Instead, simply wrap the tire in plastic and build up stones around it for a unique pond.


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Who doesn’t have a few extra bottles lying around? Don’t throw them out, upcycle them to create a unique and beautiful waterfall for your DIY pond.


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Oh, would you just look at those wonderfully lovely waterfalls! Not only would this be nice to look at, but the bubbling noise would be so peaceful too!


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Small? Check. Waterfall? Check. Simple? Check. Absolutely peaceful and gorgeous? That is a huge check! The large rocks make the pond look a bit small, but it certainly is big enough to attract some interesting wildlife.


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This pond is a great idea if you live in an area that gets lots of rain. The tunnels leading to the pond can collect rainwater and turn your backyard into a burbling brook. This would also be great for boat races with the kids, too.


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Even though this pond is on the smaller side, the perfectly placed patio pavers, as well as the statue, would make it a great addition to your yard.


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There is a lot to love about a natural looking pond. First off, once it is installed, you don’t need any fancy filters, which will save you money. You can just let nature and your aquatic plants take over, which will, in turn, create a safe haven for lots of animal life.


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If you don’t like to dig, look for an item that can hold water and turn it into a pond! These oversized tubs make for a great backyard display, and won’t make you break your back get it either.


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If you’ve got an old boat lying around, then you have a perfect pond idea just waiting to be built. Since the boat is made to be water tight, you don’t need to do anything special to it. Just simply fill it up, decorate, and enjoy!


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Simple, small, and carefree, a backyard pond for fish will keep your kids entertained for hours as they watch the little fishies swim all about!


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Even though this pond is on the small side, this water can support plenty of aquatic plants! This would be great for a back patio, especially if you can fit more than one. That way, you’d be able to create a lush, green landscape without using up your yard space!


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If you ever have a neighbor or a friend who is remodeling and throwing out their old tub, take advantage of it and use it to create a cheap DIY backyard pond.

Ponds For a Medium Budget

If you’re able to spend a little bit more money, you can start to make your backyard pond a bit bigger and a bit fancier.



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This beautiful setup would be easy to do yourself. All you need is the time and the energy to dig it out and fill it in. The waterfall makes for a relaxing touch.



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If you are looking for a modern solution to your backyard pond, this might just fit the bill! The clean cut corners and symmetrical design would make this a beautiful addition to anyone’s sitting area.



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Holy big waterfall! This pond would be a great addition to anyone’s backyard but would be especially great for someone with children. They wouldn’t be able to look away from that mesmerizingly large waterfall.



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Another wonderful natural display. If you are a nature lover, then this is the pond for you. You could spend each evening listening to your very own frogs.



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Not only is this pond beautiful, but take a look at all those flowers too. What an absolutely peaceful little slice of nature to sit by.



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The best way to make an outfit pop is to accessorize. This is also true for your backyard pond. All of those plants and landscaping is sure to take any guests breath away.



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Simple, elegant, and tasteful, this large pond has just the right amount of landscaping. It adds to the beauty of the pond without distracting from it.



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This is such a cool idea! The oversized waterfall and smaller pond would be a great place to relax. The large drop of the waterfall would easily help you to drown out any unwanted sounds, leaving you with peaceful white noise.



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A simple small pond with a cool focus point, this copper leafed tree is sure to make your backyard pond the talk of the neighborhood, as well as provide some awesome curb appeal should you decide to move.



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While a bit on the larger side, this pond, and its accompanying waterfalls make for an attractive and peaceful retreat for your backyard. You could easily make the pond a bit deeper and add some fish to make it even more appealing to the eye.



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Who doesn’t love a private oasis? Nothing can provide you with that sense of isolation like your very own island! With bridges over the pond being the only access point, you will feel like you went on a vacation each time you go into your yard.



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If you are looking for a quiet place to take some time for self-reflection, this is the pond for you. The glorious foliage and the gentle waterfalls all combine to make this perfect for those times where you just need to think.



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A relatively simple pond that you could do yourself in a weekend, it would be great for a house with children. Not only is it nice to look at, but the jetting water would be a great place to wash their hands and feet after playing in the yard.



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The depth, the beautiful river stone, and cascading waterfalls make this another great idea for your own private, quiet place. Imagine sitting and watching the fish swim peacefully along as you let your cares wash away.



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I just love the way that these waterfalls are formed! If you are looking for a more modern take on the waterfall, then this just might be the perfect backyard pond idea for you.



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There are literally hundreds of free pianos out there, just waiting to be snatched up and turned into this breathtakingly beautiful display.



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This simple to make pond is extremely versatile in where you can place it. It can be put right next to your house or in the middle of your yard, making it a great choice for anyone looking to add a backyard pond to their landscaping.



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Why stop with one waterfall when you can have a whole cascading hill of them. Your kids will love to watch the water flow down to the bottom, and the water’s noise will be music to your ears.



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If you already have a garden sitting area setup and just want to add a pond, just take a look at this idea here! It easily fits in with, and accentuates the other garden ornaments, making it the perfect backyard addition.



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If you want your pond to look as natural as possible, then you don’t have to look any further than this idea right here. The lush vegetation and sitting area under a pergola make this pond look like it is in the middle of the woods instead of in someone’s backyard.

Ponds For a Large Budget

If money is not a problem, there are no limits to what you can do to your backyard pond to turn your yard into your own personal oasis.



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There is so much to love in this setup! From the pergola for shade to the beautiful stone in the pond, this just screams peace and tranquility. The coolest feature, however, is definitely those stepping stones. They just tie the whole thing together so well.



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If you are trying to decide between a pool and a pond, whey not choose both! Natural swimming pools are all the rage right now, and this setup, with a large swimming area and smaller sitting area, complete with a waterfall, would certainly make your backyard the place to be.



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If you are willing to break the bank, take the time and get a deck built on your pond! You won’t be disappointed since it will give you a quiet place to relax.



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Not only is this waterfall simply gorgeous, but it would be a great way to cool off if you got too hot as well. The only problem with this idea is you might not be able to get your kids to stop playing in it on those long, hot summer days.



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What an absolutely breathtaking setup! It has everything that you could ever hope for in a pond/natural pool. Waterfalls, a bridge to a private island, and great landscaping, this is truly a work of backyard pond art!



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Imagine being able to sit next to your backyard pond in the rain, entertaining your guests during lunch without getting soaked. Why just imagine it? Build a gazebo and start living it.



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If you have a large property, this pond might be the right choice for you. While the waterway and waterfall are beautiful to look at, they could also serve multiple functions, too. You could collect the water to water your plants or let your kids have boat races. The possibilities are truly endless.



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Would you just look at this idea! It’s almost like the backyard has been transported to a pond. You could build bridges between all of those islands or simply go out in a little boat, making for hours of peaceful relaxation.



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As natural a pond idea as they come, this takes some of the ideas in the budget sections and grows it exponentially! Depending on how big and deep you are able to make this pond, you could put some sportfish in and go fishing at your leisure.



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If you don’t want to have your pond go too deep, but want it to be expansive, then something like this might be right up your alley. The lovely stone makes it a showpiece, and the depth makes it easier to install!



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If you have the room, why settle for a simple waterfall? Why not make your backyard into a bubbling brook, complete with river rocks for crossing, making it seem like you’re on a hike in the mountains instead of your yard.



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The best part of this backyard pond isn’t actually the pond itself. While the fish, depth, and landscaping are nice touches, what really makes this a peaceful retreat is the deck. Imagine being able to sit, entertain, and grill right on the water. Paradise!



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Another great natural setup, this pond has a little bit of everything for everyone. With bridges to cross, rocks to climb, fish to watch, and plenty of beautiful scenery, this is a wonderful idea for a backyard pond.



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There is nothing quite as magical as being able to walk over your very own bridge, over your very own pond. It will make your backyard idyllic and perfect for prom, wedding, or family pictures.



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Oh, those lights! They add another great element to this backyard pond, making it an awesome place to entertain both day and night. The outdoor barbecue and patio furniture make this the perfect setup for outdoor parties.



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Peace, tranquility, and plenty of water make this a great setup for someone seeking a quiet backyard pond. It doesn’t have any loud streams or waterfalls. Just perfectly still and perfectly clear water, perfect for helping you to clear your mind.



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What makes this particular backyard pond such a beauty is the landscaping that has been built up around it. The deck and flower garden all make this a wonderful backyard concept.



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The oversized and natural looking waterfall make help this pond’s islands to stay moist, increasing the likelihood of moss growth. This moss makes the entire pond seem to glow with green, making it a great piece of backyard décor.



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While the pond itself is pretty straightforward, that dock is anything but standard! Just imagine yourself in that chair, jutting out over the water as you let the sounds of nature wash away all your cares and worries, all while remaining in the comfort of your very own backyard.



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Ponds aren’t only meant to be enjoyed during the day! Talk to your installer about adding some light fixtures. If you want to get especially fancy, you can even get different colored lights that run on a timer, creating a one-in-a-million display.

Backyard Ponds: A Fine Concept

Hopefully, you will be able to draw some inspiration from all of the different pond ideas that this article presented you with. Regardless whether you are on a tight budget or don’t have to worry about a budget at all, there is no better time to start planning and installing your very own backyard pond then right now! So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and get started!


How To Grow Potatoes

Having a garden is both a relaxing hobby and a great source of fresh food, if you plant the right things. Sometimes we overlook simple plants like potatoes, even though they’re actually pretty easy to grow, and are a delicious source of nutrients. I want to help you understand everything you need to know about how to grow potatoes in your own home garden.

This is an all-inclusive guide that will deal with every aspect of potatoes, from the planting to harvesting, to get you started on the path to growing your own potatoes.

1. Are Potatoes Good for You?

Potatoes aren’t just delicious. They’re also a source of valuable nutrients. When potatoes cooked in a clean, healthy way, they offer exception health benefits with few downsides. The problem is that we usually eat potatoes when they’ve been fried in oil or grease. This ruins the nutrients and mixes in a large number of unhealthy elements to the potato.

But, just because we normally cook potatoes in an unhealthy way doesn’t mean the potato itself isn’t a healthy food! When cooked and eaten correctly, potatoes are a valuable part of your diet, and they can help you in a number of surprisingly ways.

1.1 Nutrients from Potatoes

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According to nutrients ratings, potatoes are a great source of high quality vitamin B6. This vitamin aids your body in creating neurotransmitters for nerve cells, and also helps to develop and maintain brain cells. The cells it creates are partially responsible for releasing serotonin and norepinephrine, both of which are mood hormones.

Potatoes also serve as a source of copper, vitamin C, potassium, manganese, phosphorus, niacin, pantothenic, and fiber. The type of fiber in potatoes is considered to be a very healthy fiber that’s useful in protecting your heart from disease and cancer.

Lastly, potatoes are full of small number of phytonutrients and antioxidants that will aid your body in fighting off free radicals. These include carotenoids, flavonoids, caffeic acid, and patatin.

1.2 How Potatoes Improve Your Health

How Potatoes Improve Your Health

So, what do all of these nutrients mean? How can potatoes actually have a positive impact on your health? I’ve touched on a few of these benefits already, but I want to go over them in a bit more detail. They do a few very positive things for your body, including the following:

- Lower Blood Pressure

Some of the smaller compounds found in potatoes are known to help lower blood pressure and regulate it. This is a more recent discovery that has helped to change the perception of potatoes.

- Build New Cells

The vitamin B6 that’s found in heavy concentrations in potatoes is responsible for building many new cells around the body. It’s used in almost every part of the body by amino acids and nucleic acids when cells and DNA are being formed. Without a healthy supply of vitamin B6, your body is not able to create new cells properly. This is the most significant benefit from potatoes!

- Improve Your Brain and Nervous System

That same vitamin B6 that helps build cells also is essential in creating amines, which are neurotransmitters in the brain and nervous system. B6 is a powerful component in forming these transmitters, making it a part of the process of mood swings and happiness. Neurotransmitters are partially responsible for putting serotonin, epinephrine, norepinephrine, and other happiness hormones into the body. Short version: potatoes help you to stay happy!

- Protect the Heart

B6 is at it again by helping to create methylation in the body, something that’s helpful in preventing cancer and heart disease. Methylation combats a negative molecule called homocysteine, which can break down the heart walls and blood vessels. Diets rich in vitamin B6 lead to better heart health, as long as you’re not ruining your diet with unhealthy foods in addition.

- Increased Athletic Performance

Lastly, the vitamin B6 in potatoes can improve your performance as an athlete, by helping to release the stores of sugar energy saved up as fat in the body. This leads to longer lasting energy when you really need it the most.

2. Types of Potatoes You Can Grow at Home

Types of Potatoes You Can Grow at Home

The first step to get you started on your way to growing potatoes is to decide which type of potatoes you want to grow. As it turns out, there are many different types of potatoes that you can plant in your garden, so you have a lot of options. Potato varieties are categorized by when they are ready for harvest. You can find them three categories: first early, second early, and maincrop.

2.1 First Early VS. Second Early

These are the potatoes that will be harvested in the beginning of the summer months. The first early are the very first to be ready, and the second early will be ready a few weeks later. Main varieties of potatoes that fit into the first early category include:


Red Norland

Red Gold

Adirondack Red/Blue

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Gold Rush

Purple Viking

Yukon Gold


These potatoes won’t all be ready at the same time, and you can plant multiple varieties to make sure you get a lot of fresh potatoes throughout the summer months.

2.2 Maincrop Potatoes

These varieties of potatoes are always the last to be ready each summer. You can expect them to become ready much later than the first varieties. The main types include:

- Red Pontiac

- Fingerlings

- German Butterball

Other varieties of maincrop potatoes may exist, but these are the three most common types found in home gardens.

2.3 Best Varieties of Potatoes for Cooking

Which potato you choose isn’t always based off of when they will be ready for harvest. You may also want to choose the variety based on your cooking preferences. So, what potatoes are used for cooking and which are best for specific types of meals?

Starchier potatoes are better for frying and mashing, because they will have a fluffier shape and a much softer taste. The higher the levels of starch in a certain type of potato, the better it will be for recipes that require the potato to break down more. Starchy potatoes will lose their shape quickly if they are cut into cubes and used in stews or for similar recipes. Here are the main starchy potato varieties:

- German Butterball

For stews, sauces, and similar uses, waxy potatoes do a better job. Waxy potatoes maintain their shape even after they are cooked, so they make a great addition to boiled stews and the like. They don’t make very good fried chips or French fries, nor are they ideal for mashed potatoes, because of the way they keep their shape.

- Adirondack Red/Blue

- Fingerling

- Purple Viking

- Picasso

Some potatoes are all-purpose potatoes that cook well into any recipe. They are usually between starchy and waxy, making them ideal for recipes that work with both types of potatoes.

- Yukon Gold

- Red Gold

- Red Pontiac

- Kennebec

- Norland Red

- Superior

New potatoes are the last type for cooking, although they are not a specific type of potato. In fact, new potatoes refer to any potato that you harvest while it’s still young and hasn’t had time to mature yet. The skin will be soft and the flesh will usually be waxy, not starchy.

2.4 Choosing the Right Type of Potato to Grow

Your choice of potato should be based mostly on what you plan to do with the potatoes and how you want to cook with them. Also, many people like to plan to have a few different varieties that will be harvested throughout the summer, instead of choosing one type and having a bulk harvest.

Most potatoes have similar care instructions, so this is not going to be part of the equation for you unless you choose a very unique variety that doesn’t usually grow in your climate. For the most part, if you live in a temperate zone, you should be able to grow nearly every type of potato.

3. Planting Your Potatoes

Planting Your Potatoes

Once you’ve chosen the type of potatoes you want to grow, it’s time to get ready for planting the seeds. The first step is to prepare the area you plan to grow in. You can’t plant until you have a place ready for your seeds.

3.1 What Conditions Do Potatoes Like?

Potatoes are not harvested until the summer, but you have to time your planting right to get the best yield and to have healthy plants. It’s recommended that you plant before the final frost of the season, but not too early. Once the potato sprouts emerge from the soil, they will be vulnerable to the frost. So, it’s plan to plant the potatoes no more than two weeks before the last frost is anticipated.

Don’t plant too late in the season. One the temperatures start to rise around 90 degrees during the summer, your plants will begin to wilt in the heat and won’t produce good fruits. The window of opportunity for planting potatoes is large, depending on the type you’re planting, but you need to make sure you stick to the parameters closely or your plants may die or produce poor yields.

You can use a 10 x 10 grow tent for potatoes if you want to plant earlier, but it’s not as easy to manage s using the plain outdoor ground.

3.2 What Kind of Soil Do Potatoes Prefer?

The flesh of the potatoes that we eat is what’s called a tuber. It’s not the fruit of the plant, it’s actually part of the root system. Because of this, you need to have a nutrient-rich soil composition to get the best yield at the end of the season.

When it comes to preparing your garden soil, potatoes grow the best in loamy soil that’s loose and drains well. If water pools, it can increase the chances of diseases and rot. But, if the water drains too quickly like it does in sandy soil, you’ll have to water much more frequently to avoid draught behavior with the plants. pH levels in the soil should be between 5 and 5.5 for ideal growth and health.

3.3 Compost

If your soil has too much clay, you can loosen it and add some of the necessary nutrients by using compost. By working about 4 inches of compost into the dirt, you’ll end up with a much better soil mixture that will retain the right amount of water while offering a mix of organic materials for the tubers to grow freely. Garden beds with soft, loamy soil won’t need as much compost as clay soil.

3.4 Fertilizer

Potatoes can also benefit from the right selection of fertilizers. The nutrients most needed for good growth are potassium, phosphorus, and nitrogen. Look for 5-10-5 or 10-10-5 blends and add about 1 & 1/2 pounds for every 50 square feet. Mix it into the soil before you plant. You can use a good fertilizer spreader if you have a larger garden plot.

3.5 Deep Mulching (The Stout Method)

There are two special methods for growing potatoes that may be easier than planting them straight into the soil. The first method is the deep mulching method, which is also called the Stout method. For this method of planting, you’ll dig a long hole that’s about 4 – 8 inches deep. Plant your sprouting seed potatoes in the soil, and layer mulch over the top until the soil is even.

Although this is an easier method than the normal planting, it’s not always going to give good results. If you have great soil underneath the mulch, this method is going to work very well and give you a great crop. But, if your soil is poor and doesn’t have the nutrients that the potatoes need, it’s not going to work well and you may have a very bad crop.

Over time, the deep mulching method will help to create the perfect soil conditions for many types of plants, including potatoes. But, this takes years for the soil and mulch to mix together and make a rich growing medium. Don’t expect fantastic results your first year, unless you already have high quality soil underneath the mulch.

3.6 Potato Grow Bags

Potato Grow Bags

Another interesting method that can be used for potatoes is planting inside a grow bag. It’s common to be frustrated with when harvesting potatoes, because they may be a bit hard to fit under the ground. When a potato plant is healthy and planted in good soil, the roots will spread out and grow deep, creating a large network of edible tubers. You may not be able to dig them all out, because you may not find them all.

Grow bags help you keep all the potatoes together for easy harvesting, although they may sometimes impede the growth of the plants as well. Instead of planting potatoes in an open field or garden space, you’ll put your growing medium into a large sack. The sack can be buried to ground level or resting on the ground, whichever you prefer. You will then plant your seed potatoes in the sack, so that as the roots grow and develop, all the potatoes will be safely grown within a contained area.

Potato grow bags are popular because of how easy they may it when you’re harvesting. However, this is not a perfect method. It’s difficult to get a great mix of soil in a grow bag, and even more difficult to adjust that mix after it’s full. Plus, as I already mentioned, the roots have less room to spread out and grow underneath the ground, so the plant may not stay as healthy or grow as large as it would otherwise in an open garden.

3.7 Seed Potatoes

Potato plants do drop seeds just like any other plant, but this is not how most people choose to grow their own potatoes. True potato seeds are available to buy in some seed shops. However, we are going to talk about growing potato plants from potatoes, because this is the preferred method for most people and is usually the simpler approach.

Seed potatoes are just regular potato tubers taken from any type of potato plant. If you use a potato tuber, it will grow into an exact genetic replica of the plant it was harvested from before. This is great when you get potatoes from a healthy plant that produces well, as it will mean you are more likely to have a good harvest also.

3.8 Preparing the Seed (Chitting or Sprouting)


Seed potatoes are not quite the same as working with regular plant seeds. Before planting, it’s recommended that you begin sprouting the potatoes (also called chitting) inside. Pre-sprouting is mostly recommended if you’re planting before a frost or when the ground is still a bit too cool for planting. If it has already warmed up, the potatoes should sprout for themselves rather quickly in the ground.

To chit a potato for growing, you need to let it sit in a warm area indoors for around a week. Direct sunlight isn’t needed, but some brightness is necessary for strong sprouts. Keep the seed potatoes in a dry area as well, and avoid having too much moisture around them or they may develop mold or disease. Face the side with the most eyes upwards to encourage more sprout growth.

You’ll notice right away when sprouts start to form. Look for sturdy green sprouts, and scrape off any that look thin and pail, because these will not grow as well once planted. After the sprouts are starting to look healthy and larger, you can plant them when the ground is prepared. Before planting, it’s a good idea to rub off some of the weaker looking sprouts and only keep about four sturdy sprouts, so that the plant can focus its growth on a few stronger chutes.

3.9 Planting a Seed Potato in the Ground

Potatoes that have been chitted can be planted directly into the prepared ground. Lay them in the prepared holes and face the sprouts upwards before covering them with your selected growing medium. If you’ve chosen not to pre-sprout the potatoes, you can still plant them the same way. Face the side with the most eyes upwards to encourage easier growth.

If you are planting large potatoes, it’s a good idea to cut them into smaller pieces that have fewer eyes, to avoid too dense of growth in the garden. You can cut to leave at least 2 or 3 eyes on each piece, and plant each piece as a separate seed potato.

3.10 Where to Plant Potatoes in the Garden

You know how to prepare the soil and how to plant the seed potatoes, but where should you actually put them? Give the plants enough room to grow deep and to spread out without interfering with each other’s nutrients too much. Tubers are large and take up a lot of room, so proper spacing is necessary to get high yields and healthy plants.

Most gardeners recommend planting potatoes in rows to keep track of them more easily. Each row should be 2 to 3 feet apart in the ground. This leaves enough room for the potatoes to grow unimpeded, for you to walk between rows easily, and for proper hilling (something I’ll talk more about later).

Within the rows, each seed potato should be placed between 1 and 2 feet apart. One foot is a little on the close side, so it’s better to shoot for around 18 inches or the full 2 feet. Planting too close together can lead to small tubers, because of a lack of nutrients and space to grow. Cover the planted seed potatoes in 4 to 6 inches of your chosen growing medium, and you have successfully started your potato garden!

4. How to Take Care of Potato Plants as They Grow

Caring for potatoes is not exactly the same as caring for other garden plants. Since the edible part of the plant grows underground, you will have to take different steps to have successful potatoes than you would for vegetables or fruits. You’ll need to learn about hilling, watering, and composting.

4.1 Hilling Potato Plants

Potato plants don’t need a lot of maintenance throughout their growth season, but hilling is the one thing you will have to do consistently if you want the best yield. Hilling is the process of bringing dirt around the green potato plant as it grows.

The first time you will hill your plants is when the sprouts emerge from the original planting dirt. It might seem counterintuitive, but it’s a good idea to bury the first green sprouts in up to four inches of dirt. Doing this can actually help to protect the plants further and help you get better tubers.

As the potatoes continue to grow, you’ll continue hilling every one to two weeks, depending on the growth speed. If plants are more than 4 to 6 inches tall, you should hill halfway up the stems. Hilling is a consistent practice that has to be done until harvest time, if you want the best potatoes as a result.

The importance of hilling is not to keep the green plant healthier, but to protect the tubers themselves from the sun. direct sunlight can cause green layers in potatoes, which ruin the flavor and are slightly toxic in some varieties. Tubers grow from the stems of the green plant, meaning some of them will inevitably grow near the surface of the dirt, and may be exposed to the sun directly. Hilling keeps these tubers safely buried, and has no major impact on the green plants themselves.

For hilling, it’s fine to draw the first from each side of the potato rows in order to get a good mound. This is another reason spacing your seeds right is vital to plant growth, as it will be very difficult to hill if your potatoes are too close together.

4.2 How to Water for a Successful Crop

How to Water for a Successful Crop

Potatoes that get watered frequently will usually give a larger yield of edible tubers. This does come with some conditions though, as potatoes are prone to rot if they are over-watered. The soil should never be water-logged.

Part of the importance of using loamy soil that drains well is that the water should not sit on the plants for too long. The tubers can begin rotting quickly or may succumb to fungal infections if too much water is left around the plants.

For the best results, water in the mornings and keep the soil moist, but not noticeably wet or soaked. The best time to water is when the flowers start to bloom on the plant because this is when the potato tubers will develop the most. If watered properly at this time, you’ll get a better crop. Once the plants are done flowering, it’s okay to cut down on watering again.

4.3 Adding Compost to Your Potato Garden

As you’re hilling your potato plants, you may want to help add some more nutrients to the soil to promote more tuber growth. It’s not a good idea to add fertilizer while the plants are already growing, because it might increase green growth and slow down tuber growth. Instead, you can add some organic compost to the normal soil.

This is going to help put more nutrients into the ground while also increasing useful water retention. Well-aged compost is better than fresh compost, because the materials will have had time to break down even more and will add more to the soil mixture.

4.4 What to Do about Yellowing Plants

As surprising as it sounds, yellowing potato plants is a good sign, as long as it comes at the right time of the growing season. The green plant above the ground will naturally yellow and wither up once the tubers beneath no longer need it. This is a sign that your potatoes are ready for harvest. Withering and yellowing plants signify that the potatoes have reached the “dying off” stage, and harvest is going to be soon.

However, if the withering and yellowing occurs too early in the season, before or during blooming, you may need to search for another reason to explain it. Some diseases and pests can cause this type of reaction as well, so if the timing is off than you need to solve the problem before your plants die off too soon and ruin the tubers underground.

5. Avoiding Pests, Diseases, and Common Problems

How to Water for a Successful Crop

There are not an abnormal number of pests or diseases that attack potatoes, but enough exist that they can make growing potatoes difficult under bad circumstances. Some of the most common bugs and pests that bother potatoes are:

- Melon thrips

- Whitefringed Weevils

- Aphids

- Tuber Moths

- Crickets

- Potato Moths

- Flea Beetles

- Wireworms

- Potato Beetles

It’s difficult to keep all of these pests away from the plants as they’re growing, but you can keep an eye out and watch for any pests that do show up. Pesticides shouldn’t be used on food crops unless absolutely necessary, so it’s best to look for natural ways to defeat the worst pests instead of breaking out the pump sprayer right away.

Some other types of common garden plants will help to drive away or repel pests naturally. Look for the common pests in your area and see if you can plant anything alongside your potatoes that may help them to ward off attacks.

Another way to fight off insect pests is to introduce good bugs to the environment. For example, ladybugs are one of the natural enemies of aphids. If aphids are attacking your potatoes, then ladybugs can be introduced to the garden to deal with the problem without using pesticides at all. Ladybugs do not attack potatoes, so you will have defeated a pest without causing yourself another, bigger issue.

Common diseases that potatoes face include:

- Brown fleck

- Early blight

- Late blight

- Powdery scab

- Bacterial wilt

- Black dot

- Dry rot

- Powdery mildew

- Mosaic virus

Not all diseases are preventable, but there are some ways to combat the problems before they kill off your plants completely. Some diseases, such as bacterial wilt, are difficult to prevent and even harder to combat once they’ve started.

Strategies to Avoid Pests and Disease

If you want to have the best chances of avoiding pest and disease entirely, there are a few things you can do to make it happen. Here are a few good strategies to adopt to help your potato plants stay as healthy as possible:

Use Certified Seed

Certified seed is sold in official seed stores and by official sellers. This type of seed is certified to come from a healthy, disease-free plant. You can find most varieties of potatoes this way, and it will be a sure way of knowing you are not accidentally growing a diseased plant from the start.

Plant in Optimal Moisture

Too much moisture is what brings in most fungal infections, rots, and bacterial diseases. Keep your plants from staying in too much water or from being moist at the wrong times. Watering in the morning helps with this problem, because the water has time to dry during the day. Avoid watering at night, because the water will usually just sit and create soaked spots around the potatoes.

Choose Your Potato Type Wisely

Not all potatoes are suitable for every area. Some varieties are more resistant to certain types of diseases, while others are resistant to pests. Choose the type of potato that will work well in your climate and will resistant as many of the local agricultural diseases well. A local heirloom variety is probably your best bet for great results.

Learn to Water Potatoes

I talked about watering earlier, but it’s important to emphasize this again as a way to help prevent disease from getting to your potatoes. If you over-water your plants, they can easily get moisture-related diseases.

However, if you under-water the plants they also become highly susceptible to many types of diseases and pests. This is called drought stress. Just as stress makes the human body more vulnerable to immune system attacks, drought stress can make plants vulnerable to diseases.

Rotate Your Garden Each Season

Instead of planting potatoes in the same patch of soil each season, you should be rotating them each year to a new patch of soil. Rotating crops is an important practice that you should do for every type of plant, because it helps to keep pests and diseases from staying in the soil and attacking the plant again the next time you plant it.

If a disease or a pest attacks your potatoes and you fail to rotate your next crop to a new patch of soil, that same disease or pest might already be present in the soil and ready to attack your new crops more quickly. Rotating helps you start fresh with different plants each time, give the pests and diseases no real opportunity to strike early.

6. How to Harvest and Store Potatoes

How to Harvest and Store Potatoes

Congratulations!! Your potatoes are ready to be harvested. You can tell that it’s time for the harvest when the green plants above have withered and died off. The general timeframe for potatoes changes too much based on the variety you’ve planted, but it should be between 2 to 4 months before you get your first harvest. You may be able to get a second harvest, depending on the variety of potato and how early they produce.

If you want to harvest new potatoes, you can do this about 2 or 3 weeks from the time that flowering finishes on the plant. Instead of digging up the whole crop, you’ll just search around with your hands to find big enough potatoes to harvest individually. Otherwise, leave the crop for longer so they all have a chance to mature before you harvest them.

6.1 When to Start Harvesting Mature Potatoes

Haverst Potatoes

You have two choices about when to start your harvest. Once the plants have died off, the potatoes are ready for harvesting. Don’t start before then, as they will not have fully matured yet. This is the earliest you should expect to harvest potatoes.

However, you have the choice to leave them for longer if you wish. If you plan to use fresh potatoes right away, harvesting as soon as they’re ready is a good idea. But if you plan to store them for any period of time, it’s a good idea to let them mature and harden in the ground for about 2 to 4 weeks after the plants have died off. Make sure you mark where your plants used to be, so you’ll know exactly where to harvest once the time comes.

Leaving the potatoes in the ground means you do not water them or dig them up in any way. These steps will toughen up the skin, so that the potatoes will resist rot or disease while in storage.

6.2 How to Harvest Potatoes from the Ground

How to Harvest Potatoes from the Ground

You can use a few different types of tools to harvest potatoes. Any tool that can turn the ground over will work well for harvesting potatoes. Common tools include pitch forks, pointed shovels, or cultivators. Each tool uses the same method for harvesting, with only minor differences in how you should handle the tool.

Starting from about one foot away from the plant, dig down as low as you planted the potatoes. From there, gradually dig closer to the plant itself, turn the ground over as you go. Be careful to avoid piercing potatoes whenever possible.

Turn over the potato plants until you’ve dug out an area as deep as the seeds, about one foot around the plant in all directions. Search around for other potatoes, if you see any signs of more tubers growing. It’s important to harvest all of the tubers from the ground, or they may start sprouting again next spring without you planting them or preparing the garden beforehand. This may not seem like a bad thing if you’re planning on growing potatoes again next season, but remember that rotating the garden is vital to keeping away pests and diseases. Tubers that sprout in the same place will prevent garden rotation.

6.3 How to Store Potatoes

You have two options for storage. Long and short storage require different care and treatment. We’ll talk about both so that you’re familiar and can make your own choice depending on how you like to use your potatoes.

For short storage, you may consider leaving the potatoes in the ground. By short storage, I mean storing until the fall season approaches. During this time, you can dig out potatoes as you need them and leave the rest safely inside the soil to store. Soil is a great temperature for potatoes, and helps to keep them safe. If you are experiencing a lot of rain, this method will be a problem and you should harvest them all before they begin rotting. Otherwise, leave them in the ground and dig them up as needed.

Long storage makes it impossible to leave potatoes in the ground. Instead, you can leave them for 2 weeks to toughen up, and then harvest them all at once. Try to avoid damaging potatoes as you’re digging them out. You won’t be able to store potatoes that have been pierced, cut, or if the skin has been scraped away.

The next step for long storage is to cure the potatoes in a dry place. Don’t wash the potatoes before you cure or store them. You can brush off the excess dirt to keep your pantry a bit cleaner. Cure potatoes in a dry, dark place for 2 weeks before putting them away for long storage.

Now that your potatoes are ready to be stored, you can put them into a bin, cardboard box, a sack, a plastic container, or anywhere else. Stored potatoes need good ventilation to keep rot and disease away. Strong, undamaged potatoes can be stored for up to 6 months without any trouble, as long as they’re kept in the right conditions. Ideal storage conditions are a dark, cool, and dry area with good ventilation. Don’t store potatoes together with vegetables or other foods, even onions or garlic.

7. Top Mistakes to Avoid with Growing Potatoes

Want to learn how to stay away from problem with potatoes? Here are some of the most common mistakes that people make when growing potatoes:

  • Planting Too Large of a Garden

Don’t start out too large if you don’t have experience with potatoes. Start small the first time and grow your ambitions as you learn how to handle potatoes better.

  • Poor Soil Preparation

Potatoes need good soil for a healthy sturdy crop. Take time to make your soil soft and loamy, or you may have disappointing results.

  • Over Fertilization

Fertilizing the right amount before planting can help your potatoes grow well. But, it’s not recommended to fertilize once the plants are already growing, because this can ruin the tubers.

  • Over Watering

I’ve mentioned a few times how over-watering can cause rot. This is a big mistake a lot of people make, because you may not know exactly how much water to use. Follow the watering instructions I’ve given and pay attention to how wet your soil is.

  • Planting Too Close Together

Potatoes need space to grow well. Don’t plant them too close together just to fit a few more plants in the same garden space. This is a mistake that could lead to a poor yield.

  • Forgetting to Hill Potato Plants

Hilling prevents tubers from greening on the edges and gathering toxins. It’s an important part of the process for healthy and delicious potatoes. Don’t forget to do it frequently to cover all the tubers as they’re growing!

  • Leaving Pests or Diseases Alone

If you find any signs of pests or disease on the plants, deal with it right away instead of trying to waiting and see what will happen.

  • Late Planting

Planting too late will either yield a poor harvest or will result in your plants dying off before they can produce well. Make sure you get the timing right if you want to enjoy the fruit of your labor.

8. Delicious Potato Recipes to Try

Twice-Baked Potatoes

A nice twist on regular baked potatoes, twice-baked potatoes add a bit more flavor and crispness to a classic recipe. This is one of the easiest potato recipes you’ll run into; anyone can do it!

Loaded Scalloped Potatoes


Thin-sliced potatoes covered in delicious, rich ingredients and baked in the oven to make a casserole. Scalloped potatoes are already a great recipe but these loaded scalloped potatoes make a crowd-pleasing side dish.

Potato Salad


Perfect for the summer, potato salad is a great way to use potatoes in a cold dish instead of baking them. The mix of flavors in this recipe is sumptuous and works really well with a light summer lunch or dinner. Break out the burgers and hotdogs!

Ham and Potato Soup


A warm and thick soup, this is the best way to keep yourself comfortable on a cool fall evening or a winter night. Making a hearty ham and potato soup is simple, but the results are fabulous!

Potato Pancakes


Need an alternative for breakfast? Potato pancakes throw together a few great breakfast foods into one delicious piece. They’re healthy, and can easily be made gluten-free with a few simple substitutions. This is a savory version of traditional breakfast pancakes.



A Complete Guide: How To Grow Strawberries and 10 Best Strawberry Recipes

When you think of warm summer days and eating out in your garden, strawberries are perhaps one of the first fruits that spring to mind.

If you have always wanted to grow this juicy, succulent fruit, you’ve come to the right place.

With this complete guide on how to grow strawberries, you can arm yourself with enough knowledge to have a bountiful supply of bright red berries throughout the growing season.

For anyone already growing strawberries, there’s still plenty of valuable information about all aspects of this superfruit from planting through to harvest and storage.

We’ll also present 10 best strawberry recipes for you so that you can put all your hard work to good use in the kitchen!

Here’s a quick snapshot of what we’ll cover in this guide:

1) How Are Strawberries Good For Health?

Strawberries are well known as a super fruit dripping with health benefits.

We will look here at some of the many ways in which these tasty berries can help your body in more ways than simply tasting delicious.

In no particular order, strawberries can…

  • Work to combat various cardiovascular diseases
  • Enhance brain function
  • Boost the immune system
  • Relieve high blood pressure
  • Naturally fight against some forms of cancer occurring
  • Benefit diabetics

We’ll take a quick glance now at their general nutritional value in a little more detail.

1.1 Nutritional Value

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One of the key selling points of strawberries in terms of health is how rich they are in antioxidants. In a study of American foods, strawberries ranked 27 out of 50 foods in terms of antioxidant properties. When this was reduced to fruits only, strawberries came in at number 4.

The antioxidants mean that this fruit, if consumed frequently, will give your immune system a helping hand, take the sting out of signs of aging and can also help to stave off the onset of some types of cancer.

Strawberries are also stuffed with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients crucial for overall health. What, exactly do they contain?

  • Vitamin C
  • Manganese
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Fiber

1.2 Health Benefits of Strawberries

1.2.1 Strawberries For The Heart

Strawberries For The Heart

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Strawberries are packed with fiber and folate while containing no fats. With elevated levels of antioxidants and vitamin C, they help to very efficiently reduce cholesterol in your vessels and arteries.

There’s also some vitamin B present and this will invigorate your cardiac muscles promoting better heart function.

If you want a heart-pack second to none, don’t stint on the strawberries!

1.2.2 Brain Function and Strawberries

Memory and motor control progressively worsen as you age. This aging, whether natural or premature, is caused largely by free radicals. The activity of these free radicals causes the brain to degenerate and the nerves to weaken.

Brain Function and Strawberries

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The vitamin C in strawberries helps to neutralize the effect of these dangerous agents. The iodine and potassium they contain also improves cognitive function and blood flow to the brain. Concentration and recall can benefit, too.

Strawberries are thought of as brain food for good reason!

1.2.3 Immune System

Once again, it’s vitamin C which goes some way to strengthening your body’s immune system.

This precious vitamin also stimulates the way white blood cells work. These cells protect you against toxins or foreign bodies.

Vitamin C also acts as an antioxidant. The body produces free radicals which can be a factor in many serious health issues from heart disease through to some types of cancer. With over 150% of your vitamin C RDA in a single serving, give your immune system a treat as well as your taste buds.

1.2.4 Blood Pressure and How Strawberries Help

Sodium and other elements can cause high blood pressure. The potassium and magnesium content of strawberries mean they work brilliantly to lower your BP.

Say goodbye to hypertension and ease blood flow with a healthy portion of strawberries on a regular basis.

1.2.5 Strawberries and Cancer

Strawberries are bursting with flavonoids. These flavonoids include vitamin C, kaempferol, quercetin, folate and anthocyanins.

These have significant anticarcinogenic properties and team up to stave off certain cancers and tumors.

Take some strawberries on board each day and slash the chance of lethal cancer cells from metastasizing.

1.2.6 Diabetes

If you suffer from diabetes, you’ll want to eat a low glycemic diet. Strawberries score below 40 on the glycemic index (GI) meaning that, unlike many fruits, you’re safe eating these.

Low in carbs and assisting with keeping your blood sugar levels in check, this super fruit also has fructose which needs no insulin in order to be metabolized.

Strawberries also soothe the stomach, help with both arthritis and gout, ward off aging and protect your eyes.

Amazing Health Benefit of Strawberries cannot be stressed highly enough. Do yourself a favor and make strawberries a core part of your fruit intake.

2) Types and Recommended Varieties of Strawberries

When it comes to choosing the best strawberries to add to your garden, it can seem a bewildering state of affairs.

Varieties of Strawberries

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You have a vast range of different varieties at your disposal but first it pays to double down on the 3 main types of strawberry.

  • Day Neutral Plants
  • Everbearing Plants
  • June Bearing Plants

We will look at these cultivars or types and draw your attention to the best varieties in each category.

After that, we’ll explore some other notable varieties and some key points to consider when choosing the best strawberries for your needs.

Types of Strawberries with Suggested Varieties

2.1 Day Neutral Strawberries

Day Neutral Strawberries

In the world of strawberries, day neutral are a fairly new entry first developed in the 1960s.

When it comes to setting flower buds, this type of strawberry is not dependent on the length of the day. By contrast, everbearing strawberries demand long days to kickstart buds while June bearing need short days.

Day neutrals will yield fruit throughout the full growing season weather conditions permitting. This equates to temperatures below 90F.

There are 3 peak periods of fruiting with day neutrals. These normally fall in June, the middle of July and then late August meaning your crop can be spread out perfectly.

Best Varieties

  • Albion: With large and symmetrical berries, Albions have a deep, intense red coloring both inside and out. The fruit yielded is firm and great for both fresh use and canning
  • Seascape: If you’re looking for reliable and consistently large crops of fruit, give Seascape a shot. The large berries are sweet and juicy. While they are great eaten fresh, they are particularly suitable for preserves or jellies
  • Tribute: Tribute strawberries deliver medium berries that are sweet with a deep flavor. They are very vigorous and highly resistant to disease

2.2 Everbearing Strawberries

The name of this type of strawberry is misleading. You will certainly not get a substantial crop for the duration of the growing season with everbearing fruit.

More realistically, you’ll get 2 or 3 harvests in spring/early summer then towards the end of summer/beginning of fall.

If the conditions are in your favor, you might also manage a small dribble of fruit in between these times.

Best Varieties

  • Fort Laramie: While neither vigorous nor overly productive, Fort Laramie compensates with extremely sweet berries. Hardy, disease-resistant and able to cope with cold winters, this type of strawberry is versatile and rewarding to grow
  • Ozark Beauty: This brisk grower will give you bright red, medium-sized fruit. It will be slightly soft and pretty sweet. It’s a cold hardy variety and a banker as a first year-fruiter
  • Quinault: Among the most popular everbearing varieties, Quinault strawberries are medium-sized and incredibly sweet. The soft fruit is not ideal for freezing. You’ll enjoy 3 primary harvests in spring, summer and fall

2.3 June Bearing Strawberries

With this cultivar, you will only get one harvest each year but it should be a bumper one!

June Bearing Strawberries

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Again, the name can be deceptive. The plants might produce at different times depending on where in the world you are.

These types of strawberries are sometimes known as short day strawberries. They need shorter days so that the flower buds will start developing in time for cropping the following spring.

Best Varieties

  • Chandler: The berries will come large and early. If you let them ripen fully, the flavor really is first-rate. Chandler strawberries are very popular with commercial growers
  • Earliglow: Earliglow strawberries are great at warding off diseases. Although the berries come out a little on the small side, you’ll be rewarded with outstanding flavor and a highly productive plant
  • Hood: If you want to eat fresh strawberries, Hood makes a smart choice. They are not so great for freezing so bear this in mind. This type produces early and they are incredibly resistant to disease

2.4 Some Other Recommended Varieties

Here are some other superb varieties that you might want to think about.

Those plants marked AGM have received the RHS Award of Garden Merit. This great article explains this in more detail.

Some Other Recommended Varieties

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  • Alice AGM: Midsummer cultivar. Sweet and juicy, highly disease-resistant
  • Aromel AGM: A very tasty perpetual variety
  • Cambridge Favorite AGM: Traditional mid-season favorite with juicy texture and delicious taste. Can run into snags with diseases
  • Elsanta: The most commonly grown commercial cultivar. The flavor of this bright red fruit is divine. Like Cambridge Favorite, though, you might suffer some issues with diseases
  • Florence: This late summer strawberry is not prone to disease and tastes sublime
  • Pegasus AGM: A very reliable mid-season cropper, this cultivar resists most diseases including verticillium wilt and mildew

2.5 What To Think About When Choosing Strawberries

There are a few essential factors to think about if you want to get the best strawberries for your personal requirements…

Fruit: Size

The Big Strawberry

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If you are looking for big berries then June bearing plants are probably your best bet.

Opt for day neutral or everbearing if size is not your overriding concern.

Fruit: Flavor

When it comes to flavor, you are advised to think about the variety rather than type.

Growing Space Needed

June bearing strawberries are generally the most vigorous. They kick out lots of runners which can take root as new plants if not removed.

If you have limited space, give these a swerve.


Day neutral and everbearing varieties are only likely to offer extended production in temperatures less than 90F.

Unless you have mild summers, reduce your expectations with these varieties.


The most productive strawberries are June bearing plants.


Think about the above points and make sure you get the type and variety of strawberry that suits your own personal taste.

And remember…

You don’t need to choose just one!

3) Planting Strawberries

Once you have decided upon the best type and variety of strawberries, it’s time to get to work in the garden and plant them.

You don’t need much by the way of expensive garden tools but you do need to know what you’re doing so take the time to inform yourself and read on…

Before we outline what to do, a couple of quick videos that we highly recommend you check out.

For those of you who prefer to learn by watching rather than reading, finding the best videos can be an overwhelming task.

This video is a very short and sweet guide to planting.

It’s always good to have a couple of takes on a subject so this video approaches the same subject of planting strawberries and is also only a couple of minutes long.

3.1 When To Grow Strawberries

Determining the best time to plant strawberries is pretty straightforward.

If you plant them any time from late spring to the beginning of summer, they will bear fruit about two months after planting.

Don’t be concerned at the appearance of the runners. They resemble small roots with very few leaves. This is normal.

3.2 How To Plant Strawberries

First, a step-by-step summary of  general strawberry planting

1. Look for somewhere that’s warm with plenty of sun. Strawberries thrive on direct sunlight and they don’t need shade. A little wind is fine but they should always be sheltered from the prevailing wind

How To Plant Strawberries

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​2. Make sure you turn the soil over thoroughly. Eliminate all weeds. Add plenty of compost

turn the soil

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3. Take the plant out of the container. After soaking the root ball for a couple of hours, you’re good to go

Take the plant out of the container

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4. Dig a hole in your soil and pop the strawberry plant in. Keep the crown of the plant up above the soil line

Dig a hole in your soil

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5. Press the soil all around the base of your plant

Press the soil all around

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6. Repeat as necessary

Planting can take so many forms that you are best to watch plenty of videos, think about how you want to go about it, be that soil or containers, and take it from there.

There are a huge number of systems used across the world for raising strawberries commercially. The two most popular are:

  • Matted Row System
  • Hill System

Each of these systems needs different cultivation techniques and garden tools as well as different planting densities.

Matted Row System

Matted Row System

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With matted row production, the mother and daughter are allowed to grow side by side.

Plants are then trained so that they grow in narrow rows.

Set your plants between 15 and 25 inches apart. The rows should be 36 to 42 inches apart. Runners will fill in the space between plants until a 14 to 18 inch row is created.

The production cycle is two years. Spacing is not so dense as with the hill system. With the matted row system, you should have around 40,000 plants per hectare.

This method is not as intensive and produces lower yields than the hill system but it’s also cheaper and very widely used, especially in cooler climates.

Hill System

Hill System

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With the hill system – also known as plasticulture – the crowns are used to produce fruit. Runners are removed so that the plant will focus purely on production.

Plants are transplanted and placed in raised beds then covered with plastic. Raised bed production improves soil drainage.

Using this system, the plants are 10 to 18 inches apart. A runner is allowed to start a new plant between the two mothers. This will keep the plants 8 inches apart.

They are planted quite densely – anywhere from 50,000 to 75,000 plants per hectare – which leads to predictably high yields.

4) Taking Care of Strawberries

Having got your strawberries up and running, taking care of them well is essential.

4.1 Fertilizer

Fertilizing your strawberries correctly can mean the difference between a mediocre harvest and a really bountiful one.

Before Planting

It’s a smart move to ascertain that the soil where you will plant your strawberries will get adequate sun and that it will drain nicely.

Fertilize this year before planting.


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Use 1 pound of 10-10-10 fertilizer for every 100 square feet of space. This should contain equal parts potassium, phosphorous and nitrogen. Work it 5 to 8 inches into your soil.

If you provide a rich and fertile environment for your strawberry plants right from the get-go, they’ll have all the nutrients they could hope for from the moment they touch the soil.

Year 1

Any time during the first year your strawberries look green or show signs of weakening, pop 1.5 pounds of nitrogen fertilizer for every 100 square feet alongside the plants.

In late August, add the same amount of ammonium nitrate fertilizer. Again, set this against the plants.

You should use a hose to spray your fertilizer. By concentrating on the soil, the roots will absorb it effectively.

Years 2 and 3

You will generally get three years growing strawberries in the same spot. After this, leaf diseases tend to occur.

In the lead-up to the second and third growing seasons, take off the foliage and use this as a natural fertilizer by mixing it into the soil.

A pound of 10-10-10 fertilizer for each 100 square feet should follow.

When you move to a new location, repeat the above cycle.

Extra Fertilizing

Commercial fertilizers work well with strawberry plants.

You can also use organic alternatives.

Bonemeal is an excellent slow-release phosphorous fertilizer tailor-made for strawberries. Steam it first for best results.

Commercial fertilizers

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Dried blood will deliver an immediate jolt of nitrogen.

Crushed eggshells can be introduced as a way of deterring slugs and snails while also releasing valuable calcium.

4.2 Watering


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Water your strawberries regularly but with a light touch. You can increase the frequency when the weather gets particularly hot and dry.

When you water, focus on the base of your plants rather than the leaves and fruits. This will help to prevent disease. Drip lines, direct-point watering or drip tape all safeguard against splashing the leaves and fruits.

The best time to water is in the morning so all the surface water will be gone by the evening.

4.3 Weeding

Strawberries have quite shallow root systems meaning they do not flourish if there are weeds around. Take action and get rid of these as soon as possible.

  • Pull out weeds by hand whenever you see them. Monitor your strawberry patch daily as weeds often spring up overnight
  • Use a trowel to dig up any weeds that are deep-rooted
  • Use herbicides with great care and only if you are convinced they won’t touch the plant or the soil near the plant’s roots. Check that it is appropriate for use on foods
  • Add some mulch to your strawberry patch. Make this 2 inches thick. Organic mulch like wood chippings is great as it will break down and add nutrients to the soil. Wheat and oat are also good options. Don’t use rock mulch as this can cause the leaves to burn when heat is reflected

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4.4 pH

pH measurements indicate acidity and alkalinity. 7 is neutral while smaller numbers indicate acidity.

Strawberries need soil of between 5.5 and 6.5 pH.


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You can easily check your soil using cheap soil testing kits.

If you find that your soil is too alkaline, this can be easily acidified by adding sulfur, ammonium sulfate or ferrous sulfate six months before the planting season.

5) Top Mistakes To Avoid With Strawberries

Gardening is not an exact science but there are always common mistakes that can be quite easily avoided.

We will investigate now some of the most frequent slip-ups with strawberries that can be easily prevented.

5.1 Watch Out For Contamination

When you are considering where to plant your strawberries, make sure to avoid soil where certain other crops have previously been planted.

Enemies of strawberries include:

The above crops can actually foster soil pathogens. These can adversely affect the new crop so tread with caution.

5.2 Get It Right When Planting

It pays to get things right straight off the bat and, having sidestepped choosing the wrong location, it’s key that you take sensible steps when planting.

If you study the base of the plant, you’ll see a swollen area with the roots and leaves. This is called the crown.


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When you plant, the center of the crown should be at the level of the soil. This will mean that half of the crown is up above the soil and the other half below. The roots should be nicely spread out, the upper roots under the surface of the soil.

Once you have done this, be sure to recheck when you have watered and the soil has settled.

Plant too deep and the crown is liable to rot. Make it too shallow and the roots will dry up, wither and die.

5.3 Go Easy On The Water

It can be tempting to go over the top when watering but with strawberries this will be counterproductive, even damaging.

If you are heavy-handed with the water then the crown and root are likely to rot. This is made even worse if the crown is too deep – see the warning above – or you suffer from poor drainage in your garden.

Less is more. Aim for reasonably moist rather than wet soil.

5.4 Watch For Viruses

When it comes to strawberries, don’t cut corners and try using starts from old plants. There’s every chance that they could have become infected with viruses.

The bad news is that you can’t detect this by eye. You’ll only find out when the fruit production fails to deliver.

Buy new plants and make absolutely sure that they are certified as virus free. It would be a shame to waste all your time and effort just to save a few cents.

6) Pests and Diseases: Keep Your Strawberries Safe

Once you are up and running, it pays to remain very vigilant with your strawberries.

Sadly, these plants are prone to being threatened by a diverse range of pests and diseases.

We will summarize some of the main bugbears.

6.1 Pests


From eating bugs, leaves and seedlings through to the fruit and vegetables, birds can be a menace for strawberry plants.

Pigeons are a particular nuisance.


Source: Wikipedia

You can use fleece or netting to stave off intruding birds to some extent.

Regular measures such as scarecrows and other devices designed to scare birds can sometimes work for a while but they become less effective quite quickly.

Horticultural-grade fleece or mesh is by far your best option.



Source: Garden Web

Strawberry plants are at risk from several nematodes…

  • Root-Knot Nematodes
  • Foliar Nematodes
  • Stem Nematodes
  • Free-Living Root Nematodes
  • Root Cystenematodes


Subterranean caterpillars can attack your strawberry plants.


Source: Backyard Nature

Year round pests varying in size, they attack young plants under the surface feasting on their roots.

At night, they will prey on the parts of the plant above the ground.

You should be able to easily see them and remove them. Be vigilant.



Source: Wikipedia

The strawberry mite can suck the leaves of strawberry plants.

You’d need a magnifying glass to see them and they resemble tiny drops of water.

These mites cause the leaves to shrink and the growing point becomes a dull blue.

The short and stubby stems produced will not properly develop.

The two-spotted spider mite is the usual culprit when the leaves of your plant have yellow patches on the top.

6.2 Diseases

Powdery Mildew

Powdery Mildew

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture

If you spot a whitish deposit a little like talcum powder on the surface of your leaves, this is probably powdery mildew.

An attack of this will cause the leaves to stop growing properly then shrivel away.

  • Solution: Make sure you keep the soil moist (but not too wet). Stick to cool places for growing. You can use either sulphur-based sprays or fish and plant oils

Grey Mold

If you have sown your strawberries densely and notice some of the seedlings collapsing, it could be grey mold that’s to blame.

Damaged plants are normally affected but it can sometimes also afflict healthy strawberries.

Look out for a grey mold on the buds or leaves, fruit or flowers.

If you don’t take action, your plants might die.

  • Solution: When you sow, do so thinly. Don’t plant where it’s too cool. Remove any plants with grey mold and dispose of them. Avoid overcrowding. Most fungicides will be ineffective

Vine Weevil

The adult weevil will eat away at the edges of leaves while the larvae feast on the roots.

An attack of weevils can kill a plant outright.

  • Solution: Use Scotts or Provado Vine weed killer. Apply this directly to the compost

Fungal Leaf Spot

If you notice brown and purple spots on the leaves, this could be a sign of fungal leaf spot.

Check for accompanying yellow rings.

Monitor for any spreading of discoloration.

  • Solution: Remove any leaves affected. Ventilate well

Leathery Rot

If your plants become wounded, they are at risk of being penetrated by this fungus.

The root neck will go a red-brown color.

Within a very short period, this can spread and kill the strawberry plant.

  • Solution: Use good, healthy planting material to help prevent leathery rot

Wilt Disease

Wilt disease is also known as verticillium albo-atrum.

This is a vascular disease.

Fungi enter through the roots or the stolons.

Discolored leaves will go a dull kind of greenish-yellow.

Stunted growth can lead to small, dry fruits.


We will now move on towards the best way to harvest strawberries and also how to store them for best results.

7) Harvesting and Storing Strawberries

7.1 How To Harvest Strawberries

When all the hard work has been done and it’s time for harvest, there’s some good news…

Harvesting your crop of strawberries couldn’t be easier!


Source: How To Grow Foods

  • Don’t squeeze ripe berries. Instead, use your thumbnail to pinch the stem
  • Pick any ripe berries every 2 or 3 days. If any berries have green tips, leave them as they are not yet ready. Wait a day or two and the taste will be worth holding on for
  • Make sure you clear all remnants of berries from the plants. Leaving them there will encourage rot
  • Harvesting each variety will take at least a couple of weeks. If you have too many berries, you might need to think about storing them…

7.2 How To Store Strawberries

Strawberries are super-soft and delicate so you need to take care when storing them.

Don’t wash them in advance of using them. Strawberries absorb moisture and they will spoil more quickly if washed.

Leaving the stems intact will help to prolong the shelf life of your strawberries.

They say that one rotten apple spoils the whole barrel. The same is true with strawberries. Remove any perished fruit immediately or it might damage the others.

If you plan to eat your bounty on the same day, simply keep them on the counter at room temperature.

For strawberries you want to eat over the following days, try the crisper drawer of your fridge. This will regulate humidity and keep your berries from drying out. Stash them in a half-closed plastic container. Paper towels are a great way to mop up surplus moisture. With this method of storage, they’ll last up to a week.

Freezing strawberries is also possible so you can enjoy a supply year-round. Take off the stems then freeze on some baking parchment until solid. Use a Ziploc bag or airtight container for best results.

Here’s a handy video to give you some pointers on storing your strawberries.

storing your strawberries

Source: PBS Org

8) Renovating Strawberries


Once you have your strawberries in full flow, you’ll want to renovate them by renewing or simply maintaining the beds.

  • Day Neutral Beds: Replace after 3 years
  • Everbearing and June Bearing Beds: Renew

Maintenance kicks in directly after the final strawberry harvest.

8.1 When Is Strawberry Harvest?

When Is Strawberry Harvest

Source: LinkedIn

  • Day Neutral and June Bearing Plants: These produce over a period of 2 or 3 weeks. Harvest falls anywhere from March to June depending on climate
  • Everbearing Plants: Everbearing strawberries keep on producing throughout the summer. Crops can be distinct or continuous

8.2 Test Your Soil

Test Your Soil

Source: Soil Test

Check your soil when harvest is over following the guidelines set out above.

8.3 Thinning and Cutting

Once harvest is over, cut back all your plants to 2 inches in height.

Make sure you get rid of any weeds before renovation.

How To Thin Strawberries: Matted Row System

  • For matted rows on the ground, just use a lawnmower to cut back your plants
  • For matted rows in raised beds, cut by hand
  • Narrow the rows by hoeing
  • After this, yank out the least healthy plants. Aim for 5 strong plants per square foot

How To Thin Strawberries: Hill System

  • Use garden scissors or shears to cut back the plants to 2 inches above their crowns

For both methods, rake away all leaves and compost them if the strawberries are free from disease.

8.4 Fertilizer


Source: Gardening Know How

Pick your fertilizer according to the soil test you conducted.

After applying the fertilizer, check all the leaves and brush off any excess on the surface.

Water in nicely.

8.5 Cultivation

Have you been using organic matter as mulch? If so, turn it back into the soil or pop it on your compost pile. Take care not to damage any shallow roots.

8.6 Rotation

Rotating your crops regularly is good gardening practice.

As outlined above, strawberries are particularly susceptible to Wilt’s Disease. Frequent rotation is one way to guard against this.

  • Rotate your strawberries to a new location every 3 years
  • Avoid planting them where cross-contamination could occur. This is where the solanaceous plants mentioned above have been previously planted

Follow these simple pointers and maintaining your strawberries need not cause you a headache.

9) The 10 Best Strawberry Recipes

Now that you have done all the hard work, it’s time to reap the rewards.

We present for you here 10 imaginative recipes with strawberries.

1. Strawberry Pavlova

Strawberry Pavlova

Source: BBC Good Food

Pavlova is a classic, light dessert ideal for hot summer’s afternoons.

If you’re fairly confident in the kitchen, whip up a delicious meringue and top it with strawberries and perhaps some redcurrants for a sumptuous and decadent pudding.

The strawberries work very well with the tart redcurrants although you can substitute these for a fruit of your choice to mix things up.

2) Summer Pudding

Summer Pudding

Source: Jamie Oliver

The young British chef Jamie Oliver consistently comes up with tasty, simple recipes that even those who aren’t so confident in the kitchen can master.

This classic Summer Pudding is heaped with berries and not just mouth-wateringly good but also extremely low in fat and has just 200 calories per serving.

Take the trouble to whip up this feast of flavors and nobody will have to go without dessert because of their waistline.

3) Strawberry Ice Cream

Strawberry Ice Cream

Source: Nigella Lawson

On a scorching day, there’s no substitute for ice cream. Making it at home is not as difficult as you might think.

Nigella Lawson shows you how to whip up some natural strawberry ice cream without needing any equipment beyond a standard food processor.

Although you can get some truly delectable ice cream from the store these days, little compares with the homemade version.

4) Caramelised Strawberry Dipping Kebabs

Caramelised Strawberry Dipping Kebabs

Source: Jamie Oliver

Another scrumptious recipe from Jamie Oliver next, this time caramelised strawberry dipping kebabs perfect for a summer BBQ.

Jamie likens these kebabs to toffee apples and the way in which the mascarpone, caster sugar and limoncello caramelise will certainly remind you of those sticky treats.

The good news is that they are very low in fat and carbs so you can treat yourself without feeling guilty.

Use these as a perfect complement to a savory BBQ.

5) Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Source: Betty Crocker (Recipe) and All Recipes (Image)

Smoothies are becoming more and more popular and strawberry with banana is a legendary combination.

This couldn’t be much simpler to blitz and blend. Just add some skim milk and natural yoghurt to your fruit and you’re good to go.

Whatever time of the day, a nutritious smoothie always goes down well.

6) Strawberry Jam

Strawberry Jam

Source: All Recipes (Recipe) and Cook Diary (Image)

No selection of the best strawberry recipes would be complete without a jam.

With just 10 minutes of preparation and 5 minutes cooking, you can put this preserve together however busy you are.

With this version, you can sidestep the fiddly task of bathing the jars in hot water. Simply pop your jam in the freezer for 24 hours then you’ll be all set to use it on toast, in sandwiches or any other way that takes your fancy.

7) Pimm’s Strawberry

Pimm’s Strawberry

Source: The Bar

After a tough week at work, unwinding in the garden with a tall glass of Pimm’s is a wonderful way to relax.

The sweetness of the strawberries marries well with the tang of the mint. Throw in the Pimm’s and some lemonade and you can edge towards your weekend with a taste of Britain in your glass.

8) Strawberry Mousse

Strawberry Mousse

Source: Snapguide

Much like jam, strawberry mousse is one of the first recipes you associate when you think of cooking with strawberries.

If you are on the lookout for a light but rich dessert, simply put together the simple ingredients and leave to chill for between 4 and 6 hours in the fridge.

If you have guests for the weekend, this mousse will easily keep for a couple of days so pull one out of the refrigerator whenever you’re feeling puckish!

9) Mini Victoria Sponges with Strawberries and Clotted Cream

Mini Victoria Sponges with Strawberries and Clotted Cream

Source: Hungry Hinny

This magnificent recipe from Hungry Hinny is a twist on the classic Victoria Sponge which swaps out whipped cream for clotted cream.

With a light and delicate sponge and a filling of fresh strawberries as well as a good smearing of strawberry jam, you can nibble away on these mini sponges for a real burst of creamy, fruity flavor.

10) Strawberry and Lemonade Lollipops

Strawberry and Lemonade Lollipops

Source: Confectious Candy

To round out our best 10 strawberry recipes, something for the children. Perhaps some of the adults too!

There are few things to rival an intense lollipop on a scorching day and making these at home will save you a trip to the store.

With only three ingredients, you can even teach your kids how to make these fantastic treats just be sure to supervise them carefully.

Then relax and cool down with a top-notch lollipop bursting with flavor.

10) DIY Strawberries

We will round out our best guide to strawberries with a look at 4 different ways to do it yourself with this awesome summer fruit.

DIY Strawberry Patch

DIY Strawberry Patch

Source: DIY Network

At DIY Network, you can follow simple instructions to get straight down to business with a strawberry patch in your garden.

From purchasing plants through to harvest, this bite-sized guide is ideal if you already know a reasonable amount about strawberries.

DIY Strawberry Tower

DIY Strawberry Tower

Source: Country Living

Country Living offer a novel way to grow strawberries at home.

The recyclable water tower with a water reservoir is an attractive and effective way to bring on strawberries in a limited space to striking effect.

DIY Grow Bags and Planters

DIY Grow Bags and Planters

Source: B&Q

At this DIY site, you can get plenty of handy information about using grow bags and planters to grow strawberry plants.

DIY Vertical Strawberry Garden

DIY Vertical Strawberry Garden

Source: Porch

This incredible vertical strawberry garden will raise your strawberries nicely keeping them safe from pests and excess water.

You can also check out 6 other innovative ways to grow a stack of strawberries and create a powerful decorative piece for your garden at the same time.                                                                                                          

If you grow strawberries in a tower, why not try using coconut coir as your growing medium?

Unlike soil, coir contains no pathogens. Coir has helpful fungi rather than potentially harmful ones.

Rich in trichoderma and lignin, coir helps you get the right balance of bacteria.

Coir retains water well and has a superb draining capacity. You’ll need to water your strawberries less often.

Why not give some coconut coir a shot?


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