How to Plant Strawberries in Raised Beds

Overview

Raised beds are ideal for strawberries as they help you to maintain your strawberry patch as well as helping you to meet the soil and drainage needs of your strawberry plants. Likewise, raised beds will keep your low-growing strawberry plants warmer and provide them with some safety from frost. Planting your strawberries in raised beds is a simple and beneficial way to grow strawberries.

Step 1

Choose a site for your raised beds. Strawberries grow best in full sun. Beds that provide 6-8 inches of raised soil will work best to create the well-drained soil strawberries will need. Beds that are no more than 3 feet wide will provide easy access for weeding and harvesting.

Step 2

Prepare the soil several weeks before planting to create a sandy loam soil, which strawberries prefer. Work compost, aged manure or peat into your soil with a pitchfork or shovel. Several days before you plant, add fertilizer to the soil. The pH of the soil should be between 5.8 and 6.2 for optimum strawberry growth.

Step 3

Plant strawberries in the spring after the soil has dried. Use a hand shovel to dig a hole large enough to spread out the root of the plant and deep enough so that the soil comes halfway up the crown. The uppermost roots should be 1/4 inch below the soil level.

Step 4

Space your strawberry plants 8-14 inches apart. If you are using beds that are wider than 3 feet, plant in rows that are 3 feet apart. Weed regularly between plants to keep weeds from limiting the growth of your plants, and water regularly throughout the growing season. Strawberries do best with 1-2 inches of water per week.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not plant your strawberries in beds that have been used for tomatoes, peppers or eggplants. Wait 3 years to use soil that has been used for these plants to prevent disease.

Things You'll Need

  • Raised beds
  • Compost
  • Fertilizer
  • Pitchfork or shovel
  • Hand shovel
  • Strawberry plants
  • Water

References

  • Planting Strawberries
  • Purdue University: Growing Strawberries
  • Growing Strawberries for the Home Garden

Who Can Help

  • How to Plant a Strawberry Bed
  • University of Maine: Growing Strawberries
Keywords: planting strawberries, raised beds for strawberry plants, growing strawberries

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Em Connell McCarty has been writing for 27 years. She studied writing at the University of Iowa and at Hollins University in Virginia. She writes fiction, creative non-fiction and essays. McCarty's work has been published in Hip Mama magazine.