Grow your own strawberry plants and you will appreciate the difference between eating homegrown and store-bought strawberries. You do not even need a garden to grow strawberry plants, because strawberries planted in planters (or containers), do quite well with basic care. Place the planters on your balcony, porch or patio and watch the strawberries grow. Choose healthy strawberry plants suited for your location, provide a good growing environment, and soon you can enjoy the sweet, juicy berries fresh off the plant.
Use planters 6- to 8-inches deep, 5- to 7-inches wide and from 1.5- to 4-feet long. Cut a piece of screen (or cloth) to place on the bottom of the planter to cover the drain holes. This prevents the soil from leaking out, while still allowing water drainage.
Place the planter in the location you've selected for growing strawberries. This prevents you from having to move it after it is filled with dirt and possibly too heavy to lift. Pick a site that receives at least eight hours of full sunlight.
Fill the planter two-thirds full with fresh, good-quality soil. Use a hand trowel to mix slow-release fertilizer into the soil.
Create small hills of soil in the planter for each strawberry plant. Space the hills 6- to 12-inches apart (this varies dependent on the type of strawberry grown). Check the plant marker for spacing requirements.
Carefully remove a strawberry plant from its container and loosen the roots. Place the strawberry plant on one of the piles of soil with the roots going down around it. Repeat with additional plants.
Fill the planter the rest of the way, with soil covering the roots of the strawberries. Do not cover the "crown" part of the strawberry plant, where leaves emerge from the stem.
Water the newly planted strawberries thoroughly. Add more soil around the strawberry plants, if needed, after watering. Once the soil settles around the planted strawberry, some of the roots could be exposed.
Check the planter's top inch of soil daily to see if it is dry. Supply more water to the strawberry plants only when it is.