How to Plant Strawberries in a Raised Bed

Overview

Growing fresh strawberries in your yard can be a deliciously rewarding gardening experience. While not everyone has workable land, you can plant strawberries into raised beds and grow them successfully with little effort. A raised bed increases drainage and provides warm soil, and also makes working the soil and tending your strawberry plants easier. Select a strawberry variety to grow and plant them in the fall so you can pick strawberries when spring comes.

Step 1

Dig the soil in your raised bed to loosen it up and break apart clumps of dirt. Turn the soil to mix it well and bring the soil along the bottom of the bed up to the top and vice versa.

Step 2

Place the strawberry transplants in a grid layout with each plant spaced 8 to 12 inches apart along each row with the rows also 8 to 12 inches apart. Clip the roots of the transplants to 4 inches long, using a clean pair of herb scissors or a knife.

Step 3

Dig a hole for each transplant 4 inches deep. Set the strawberry plants into the soil with the roots spread but pointing downward. Adjust the plants so the crown portion between the roots and the leaves sit halfway in the soil and halfway above the soil.

Step 4

Press the soil in around the strawberry transplant to pack the roots, but do not completely cover the crown of the plant. Continue until all of your strawberry transplants are planted into the bed.

Step 5

Water the strawberries as soon as possible to saturate the soil. Keep the soil watered regularly so the roots don't dry out, but don't over water, which can block air from reaching the roots. Spread a mulch of straw around the berries to keep moisture in and block weeds.

Step 6

Feed the strawberry plants with an all-purpose fertilizer in late summer to early fall, following the manufacturer's directions for quantity and application method. Avoid feeding in the spring or the berries may be soft and bland.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Herb scissors or sharp knife
  • Straw mulch
  • Fertilizer all-purpose 10-10-10

References

  • "Vegetable Gardening: Your Ultimate Guide"; Robert J. Dolezal; 2000
  • "Introductory Horticulture"; H. Edward Reiley, Carroll L. Shry; 2002
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