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Growing strawberries with kids

Growing strawberries is really easy - they're one of the easiest (and healthiest) fruits to cultivate! You can plant them in the ground, but they alsolike growing in containers, window boxwes or hanging baskets. Follow these simple instructions - and there's a downloadable guide at the bottom of the page you can print out with loads more information on growing strawberries. Discover unusual strawberry varieties and find more great growers guides at our strawberry hub page.

What you'll need:

  • • 4 strawberry plants
  • • Large 30 litre container (approx 40cm diameter)
  • • Multipurpose compost
  • • High potash fertiliser

Step 1: Plant your strawberries

plnting strawberriesSpace your plants evenly in the tub
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  • • Fill the container with compost.
  • • Gently ease the plants out of their pots.
  • • Plan where to make 4 holes, so the plants will be evenly spaced.
  • • Make the first hole, but not too deep. The plant's crown (where the leaves emerge) should be level with the soil.
  • • Gently firm the soil down and water well.

Step 2: Look after your fruit

picking strawberriesMake sure birds don't steal your fruit!
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  • • Make sure your container is in a sunny spot.
  • • Water your strawberries every day.
  • • Use a high potash fertiliser once a week (tomato feed is perfect).
  • • When the strawberries appear, you might need a net to stop birds stealing them all.
  • • Make a little bed of straw for the fruit to sit on - they can rot if they rest on the wet soil.
  • • Check your plants every day when the strawberries start to get big and ripe. Pick them when they’re bright red.

Suggested varieties:

There's plenty more information in the downloadable guide. Print it out for more detailed instructions and even more handy juicy strawberry facts!

  Click the image to download the full pdf guide  
 
growing strawberries with kids pdf
 

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