When to Plant Strawberries:
The best time to plant strawberries depends on the climate where you live. In warm and tropical climates the best time to plant strawberry plants is in the fall. Planting in the fall in these climates allows the plant to establish itself in order to produce a good crop in the spring. If you live in a cooler climate where the ground freezes in the winter, early spring is the best time to plant strawberries.
Where to Plant Strawberries:
Strawberries require 6-10 hours of direct sunlight each day and should be planted in a well-drained area. Raised garden beds tend to be a good option for strawberries. A site that has not had tomatoes, peppers or eggplant grown in the soil for at least 3 years is important.
Strawberries like slightly acidic soil with a pH of between 5.5 and 7. If your soil is clay-like then generously add composted leaves, sawdust, or organic matter into the soil before planting strawberries. If your soil is sandy mix a 1 inch layer of rich compost into the soil before planting strawberries. If your soil is alkaline, then it will be best to plant the strawberries in containers with potting soil, rather than planting them in the ground. Prepare the soil a few months before planting the strawberries.
How to Plant Strawberries:
When planting strawberries do not bury the crown, which is the central growing bud. If you bury the crown it could cause the plant to rot. The plant should be placed in a hole so the crown is just above the level of the soil.
Strawberry plants need plenty of space to grow. Leave 4 feet between rows and at least 20 inches between plants.
Caring for Strawberry Plants:
Strawberry plants have shallow root systems so they need moisture throughout the growing season. Drip irrigation systems are recommended to keep the soil moist but not too soggy to cause rot.
Straw, mulch, black plastic or even leaves should be used for ground cover surrounding the strawberries. The covering will help prevent weeds, will help prevent the soil from drying out so quickly and will protect the berries from sitting in mud.
Strawberry Growing Tips:
The first year you plant your strawberries, remove all the flowers from the plants so they can spend their energy on establishing a good root system.
Once the growing season ends, cut down or mow the plants to 4 inches, removing all the clippings and weeds. Lightly fertilize the plants with an organic blend and then cover them with 4 inches of mulch.
To keep the berry quality high plant new strawberry plants each year.
Also read about When to Plant Fruit Trees.
If you are in need of an Easter gift idea for your parents, a friend, or a co-worker or if you need the perfect hostess gift for an Easter brunch or dinner, a perfect gift would be an Easter fruit bouquet. These are also terrific to surprise your children with on the breakfast table Easter morning.
Fruit bouquets really are wonderful gifts for any holiday or special occasion but pastel colored fruits are especially perfect for Easter and spring time. You can order beautiful baskets of fresh cut golden pineapple, honeydew, and cantaloupe which have been shaped into flowers and leaves. Add to the basket fresh strawberries which have been dipped in pastel colored chocolate and then decorated with white icing and you have a truly delightful Easter gift.
What is Easter without milk chocolate? For a sweet Easter treat chocolate dipped pineapples cut in the shape of a bunny or Easter egg and surrounded by grapes, honeydew, cantaloupes, pineapple flowers, and decadent chocolate dipped strawberries will have everyone’s mouths watering. Include a cuddly stuffed animal or Easter balloon and the kids will absolutely love it.
Easter fruit bouquets come in a variety of sizes making them perfect for an individual gift for one, or a table centerpiece for a party. But, who says an Easter fruit bouquet is only good as a gift for someone else? Why not give yourself the fresh and delicious gift of a fruit bouquet?
If you are hosting an Easter get together this year, you can be sure that the kids will love all the candy and chocolate, the adults will probably enjoy some too but a fruit bouquet will make an excellent centerpiece as well as a healthy snack for the grown-ups to enjoy.
Fresh fruit bouquets for Easter can be ordered online or from a local fruit stand or grocer. You can also create your own fruit bouquet in a colorful Easter basket or other container. The fruit bouquet will be attractive and delicious for adults and kids alike.
No one ever said that a fruit bouquet has to look like Edible Arrangement’s fruit, carved to resemble a flower arrangement. When considering how to make a fruit bouquet arrangement look professional you’re not limited to sculpting fresh fruit. There’s an art to selecting luscious fruit, arranging it and then packaging the basket.
- Start with a spacious container.
How do you make a fruit bouquet exude mouthwatering appeal? Whether it’s a wicker basket, a planting pot or icebox canister, opt for a container appropriately sized to accommodate the contents of the fruit bouquet.
- Fresh and blemish free.
A fruit bouquet should also be comprised of the freshest selection of fruit possible. Apples, pears and oranges, exuding a vivid hue of red, green or orange, respectively, render the best depiction of fresh fruit. Choose fruit with a moderate glossy appearance. Dull looking fruit is often older.
Dented fruit is not only sore on the eyes, but potentially hazardous. When the flesh of the fruit is pierced with even a slight pin-sized hole, it could very well be contaminated with bacteria. Handpick fruit that is free of brown or soft spots, featuring a smooth complexion.
If you plan to make a fruit bouquet with organic fruit, use a non-chemical solution to clean the fruit.
- Other fruit bouquet ideas
To ensure that the recipient has ample time to enjoy the fruit bouquet before the fruit ripens, always select green bananas, as they will last longer.
- Fill it.
Using straw (available at gift and arts and craft supply stores), paper trimmed into confetti or crumpled up craft paper, fill the bottom of the basket. Layer any packaged goods (for example crackers, trail mix, nuts). Be sure to gift-wrap any other personal presents that will be included in the fruit bouquet.
- Wrap it up.
While cellophane is not a requirement, it gives a fruit bouquet a professionally packaged appearance. Sizing and tying the right bow is the last step to make a fruit bouquet. Choose a big, bright or bold bow to complement the fruit bouquet.
On February 27, 2015 the country will be celebrating National Strawberry Day. The day is dedicated to one of the most popular fruits in the world. The red, delicious and delicate strawberry. Though the cold of winter is still brutally present, spring is right around the corner and the strawberry, the taste of spring, will be arriving shortly as one of the first fruits to make an appearance. National Strawberry Day reminds us, and gives us hope, that spring is right around the corner.
Don’t miss out on the celebration this year with some toast and strawberry jam, a strawberry smoothie or a big bowl of fresh strawberries and ice cream. Fresh strawberries might be in short supply but don’t forget that dried or frozen strawberries can be delicious as well.
Try some of these recipes for your strawberry celebration:
5-Minute Healthy Strawberry Frozen Yogurt (frozen)
Dark Chocolate Strawberry Shortbread Cookies (jam)
Easy Crepes with Jam Fruit Preserves (jam)
Fresh Strawberry Cobbler (fresh)
Fresh Strawberry Water (fresh)
Jam Kolache Cookies (jam)
Skinny Strawberry Banana Ice Cream (frozen)
Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cake (fresh)
Strawberry Coffee Cake Muffins (fresh)
Strawberry Dump Cake (frozen)
Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Bars (frozen)
We were recently contacted by one of our readers with this question:
Dear Edible Fruit,
Three months ago, I met a nice girl online. Everyday we talk for an hour and throughout the day, we text each other. Although, we do not have an exclusive dating arrangement, I would like to send her a Valentine’s Day present. We haven’t met face to face yet and I don’t want to send the wrong message by spending too much. I don’t want to send her the typical floral arrangement. A colleague at work suggested that I order a fruit bouquet. Is this gift idea more appropriate for a co-worker, or is a fruit bouquet a suitable present for a budding relationship?
It can be difficult to find an appropriate gift for Valentine’s Day when a relationship begins. You don’t want to ignore the holiday and potentially hurt feelings, but you also don’t want to go overboard and send the wrong message coming on too strong. Fruit bouquets can be a sweet gift expression for Valentine’s Day coming with just the right level of thoughtfulness.
Here are a few considerations to take into account before you order a fruit bouquet:
1) Does she like fruit? Some people have an aversion to fruit while others prefer dried fruit. Try to find out what her favorite edible fruits are without ruining the surprise.
2) Does she spend long hours at the office? If so, your best bet is to order a fruit bouquet and have it delivered to her office prior to February 14. Remember that unlike a floral arrangement, fruit bouquets generally require immediate consumption. Depending on her schedule and how much fruit you send her, she may not have the time to enjoy the fruit bouquet while its fresh. Sending a fruit gift to her office will insure she gets it promptly and that she can share it if need be.
3) How much do you plan to spend? Most companies offering edible fruit bouquets, segment arrangements according to price. (Be sure to account for any delivery charges within your budget).
4) Compare fruit bouquets with other gift items such as balloons, stuffed animals and container keepsakes to make sure you’re spending an appropriate amount.
5) Before placing your fruit bouquet order, be sure to read the terms to avoid any unforeseen Valentine’s Day gift snafus.
If you include a personal handwritten note, she is sure to think the gift of fruit was very thoughtful and it will have your relationship on a good path, without her thinking you went overboard.