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Get Kids to Grow for It!
Start them off with strawberries this spring, in a patch or pot
Get kids growing in the garden by starting them off planting their very own strawberries. You can engage them in the growing process and let them plant and care for a whole patch, or just one or two plants, planted in a strawberry jar or garden container. They’ll love digging in the dirt and getting their hands dirty.
Then show them how to properly care for and water their home-grown, sweet and tasty treats. A fun way to encourage them to take ownership of the plants and nurture them is to buy them their very own watering can and kid’s size shovel. Don’t forget to show kids how to pinch off plant runners, which will allow for larger sized berries. And of course, be sure they’re doing the harvesting so they can enjoy the fruits of their labor!
You’ll find most kids enjoy helping in the garden, for a number of reasons; they’re allowed to get dirty, they get some good outdoor exercise and healthy sunshine, and they will actually learn and understand, first hand, where their food comes from. Within the gardening process, they’ll also gain a good sense of nurture, nature and responsibility.
Kids will love watching their strawberries grow, they’ll see flowers bloom, garden bees, and fruit develop and turn color. After developing a sense of ownership of their plants, they will especially love eating the sweet fruits they grew themselves.
Tips to ensure strawberry success:
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Growing Strawberries in Containers
By Ellen Brown
Q: I live in Oregon, in the valley, rain and sun! I am wanting to container garden strawberries. I have some ripe ones from the store, can you start them this way? I know they take a “bed”, but I have seen some varieties in containers on patios. My patio gets full sun from the morning to mid afternoon. Any advice would be appreciative, especially for containers because my yard space is cramped with other trees and lawn.
Hardiness Zone: 7a
Camo_angels from Willamina, OR
Many varieties of strawberries grow wonderfully in containers, including barrels, drums or bags. Many seed companies and garden centers offer pouches or bags, complete with plants, for growing them vertically on walls and fences. Personally, I like them in hanging baskets. With their green leaves, red fruit and delicate white flowers, they’re actually quite pretty. And when the juicy red fruits cascade down the sides of the basket, they are practically screaming for you to come over the pick them. Like the growing bags, baskets save on patio space and keep the fruit up off the ground and away from mold, insects and birds (mostly). Another idea is to grow them in planter boxes attached to railings or under sunny windows.
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