Last spring I bought a bundle of these everbearing strawberry seedlings from La Porte Nursery on Lakeshore Drive in North Bay. They keep them in the cooler in case you go looking. I can't remember exactly how much they were but I think I got 20 plants for around $20. Out of these original plants fourteen survived the first season.
This spring they came alive and sent out a lot of runners and now I have over 40+ plants in my new bed!
One plant should produce a liter/quart of strawberries. The fruit on the everbearing strawberry should be smaller than the June berries. My instruction said I should not try to get a crop the first year as you remove the flowers from the plants to make them stronger. The everbearing produce 2-3 harvests of fruit throughout the spring, summer and fall and are said to send out fewer runners than traditional plants. With good weather a single plant can produce up to a liter/quart of berries. This should be a good return on my investment! http://gardening.about.com/od/fruitsberriesnuts/a/Strawberries
Strawberries need about 1 to 2 inches of water a week. I am on a well and usually run my garden on rain water collected off the roof in barrels. I have been carrying water to these plants as it is very dry out and I want them to have a good start. Hopefully I get a pump set up this year to bring water up from the South River. I will mulch them with straw soon too.
I am looking forward to fresh strawberries, my Strawberry Pesto Vinaigrette and Strawberry Ricotta Cheesecake. Click on the recipe title for my recipes.
We have also found out there is a ground hog living under the old chicken coop and guess what? They love strawberries!
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