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Are you looking to add a delicious and healthy treat to your backyard garden? Look no further than growing strawberries! This article will teach you everything you need to know about growing strawberries, from planting to harvesting and preserving your crop.

There’s nothing quite like the taste of a freshly picked, juicy strawberry straight from your own backyard. Strawberries are easy to grow and have a variety of uses. Eat them just picked from the garden, make healthy strawberry smoothies, bake a strawberry pie with them, add them to a beverage, or make strawberry jam. However you decide to use them, you won’t contrition growing strawberries.

Homegrown strawberries are the best you will ever taste. When strawberries are allowed to ripen on the vine, they have a sweet flavor and aroma that supermarket berries can’t match.

Strawberries are one of the easiest things to grow in the home garden. You can plant them in the garden or containers. They will be happy and productive in any sunny location.

In this article, we’ll take a look at the basics of growing strawberries, from planting to harvesting, and even ways to preserve your crop. So put on your gardening gloves, grab your trowel, and let’s get started!

About Strawberries

Humans have enjoyed wild strawberries for thousands of years for food and medicinal purposes. There are many different varieties of wild strawberries that are native to North America.

The most common native strawberry in the US is the Fragaria virginiana, also known as the meadow berry and primarily found east of the Mississippi. Other wild strawberries include the temperate eastern berry Fragaria vesca and the coastal berry Fragaria chiloensis, which grows from Alaska to California.

The modern garden strawberry (Fragaria × ananassa), as we know it today, is a hybrid species created in the mid-18th century by crossing two wild strawberry species, Fragaria chiloensis from South America and Fragaria virginiana from eastern North America. This hybrid fruit quickly became popular due to its larger size and ability to hold up to commercial farming and transportation.

Today, strawberries are a beloved fruit enjoyed fresh and in many recipes, from strawberry-rhubarb pie to strawberry shortcake, along with jams, jellies, and even salad dressing.

Types of Strawberries to Consider Growing

When it comes to choosing a variety of garden strawberries to grow, there are three types to consider: June-bearing, everbearing, and day-neutral strawberries.

June Bearing Strawberries

June-bearing strawberries are favored for their large fruit and intense flavor. These strawberries produce a crop that is ripe and ready to harvest all at once, typically over a 2 to 3-week period in mid-June to early July (or even as early as May in warm climates). This makes June bearers an excellent choice if you’re looking for a big harvest of strawberries that you can preserve by making jams, jellies, or freezing.

Some examples of June-bearing strawberry varieties include:

Allstar: This variety produces large, firm fruit with a classic strawberry flavor. It’s resistant to many common strawberry ailments and pests, making it a popular choice for home gardeners.

Earliglow: As the name suggests, this variety is an early producer, with fruit typically ripening in after May to early June. The berries are medium-sized, with a sweet and tangy flavor many people enjoy.

Honeoye: This hardy variety developed by Cornell University is known for its high yield and large, deep red fruit. The berries have a slightly tart flavor, making them an excellent choice for making jams and other preserves.

Jewel: This variety produces large, glossy berries with a sweet flavor and firm texture. It’s resistant to many common strawberry ailments and pests, making it a reliable choice for home gardeners.

Sparkle: This variety produces medium-sized, bright red fruit with a classic strawberry flavor. It’s a good choice for gardeners in colder climates because it’s hardy and can withstand frost.