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Strawberry Planting Tips

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.

strawberriesPreparing the Soil for Strawberry Plants:

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.

Easter Fruit Bouquets

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.

National Strawberry Day – February 27

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.

StrawberriesDon’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)

Fruit Bouquet, Valentine’s Day Gift Advice

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?

 

heartsIt 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.

 

A Recipe for an Edible Fruit Basket

The recipe for a edible fruit basket is easy, it simply requires gathering the right assortment of fruits and arranging them into an awe-inspiring presentation.

This edible fruit basket recipe requires fresh tropical fruits such as:

Select the freshest of fruits at the market. Buy a cantaloupe and pineapple, emitting hints of their aromatic fragrance. Choose grapes and strawberries firm and vibrant in color. Avoid buying fruit with scarring or any brown discoloration which will detract from the appearance of the fruit bouquet arrangement and most likely render an unpleasant taste.

Gently clean the surface of each fruit to remove any dust or dirt. Allow each fruit to fully dry before proceeding. When using large fruits such as cantaloupe, pineapple and melon in a fruit basket you will need to be sure your basket is large enough to accommodate the fruits. A basket that is too small could easily break or tip over from the weight of the fruits. The fruit can simply be placed in the basket with the biggest and heaviest pieces on the bottom. Or you can cut and carve the fruits into an interesting arrangement.

To make a fruit arrangement, cut off both ends of the pineapple, then stand it on its long side and cut it in half. Remove the rind and slice one-half inch quarter slices, using a knife or cookie cutter to round the edges into the shape of a daisy.

Trim off the top of the strawberries’ stems. With the bottom of the strawberry (the pointed side) facing you, spear a 14” skewer one centimeter from where it was trimmed. Push the strawberry down, and add the pineapple daisy on top.

For the rest of the fruit bouquet, cut and cube the remaining edible fruit: the cantaloupe and honeydew melon into half inch slices. Spear the fruit pieces on the skewers with alternating pieces of honeydew melon, grapes cantaloupe.  Alternate the fruit on the skewers, incorporating the strawberries.

If the fruit bouquet is being created for a chocolate lover, we suggest dipping the strawberries in a chocolate spread.

Find a decorative vase in which to arrange the fruit spears.

For those of you, who do no have the time to buy, cut and arrange an edible fruit basket or fruit arrangement, a wealth of online sites custom order and deliver these edible fruit arrangements.