Strawberries are an ideal fruit addition to any garden or landscape, for their bright colors, easy to maintain growth, and delicious harvest. There are organic varieties of strawberries that can grow in any environment, whether it is cold or hot, so look for one that is suitable for your region or climate when purchasing them to plant. The key to growing organic strawberries is to prepare the soil and prune them correctly.
Find a planting site for the organic strawberries that has great drainage and receives full sun. You can also grow them in planters so you can easily move them to different locations or inside if the weather gets cold.
Prepare a mixture of soil that is equal parts compost and well-cured manure, and spread it around each planting area.
Dig a hole with a trowel for each plant that is about 6 inches wide and deep enough for the roots to fit into. Remove from this spot all rocks, roots or weeds at this time, as well as grass (use a rake to do this if necessary). Make sure the holes for each plant are about 18 inches apart, in rows that are about 3 feet apart.
Set the plant into the hole with the crown just above ground level, and fill in the prepared soil so the roots are buried.
Trim away all runners as soon as they spread. Runners are small vines that the organic strawberry plants will shoot out from the sides, running along the ground that will eventually produce more strawberry plants. The problem with runners is that the young plants will suck all the nutrients and energy from the main part of the plant, providing smaller harvest and less healthy plants.
Water the organic strawberry plants so they get about 1 inch of water per week. Mulch with straw around them to retain moisture and prevent weeds.
Pick off the white blossoms during the first year no matter what from the organic strawberry plants. This will help maximize fruit production if you avoid it for the first year.
Pick all organic strawberries the day they ripen the following year, once they are bright red. Eat them immediately or freeze them, as fresh strawberries do not last long.