Saturday, June 2, 2012

Gardening Quick Tip: Strawberries

Oh, the first strawberry flowers of the season! I get so excited when I see them because sweet fresh berries are just around the corner.

What can you do to help increase your berry yield? It seems anti-intuitive: Pick off the first flowers and small berries.

See these? They seem so sweet. No, friends: they are the enemy.


If you leave these tiny flowers, your plant will make tiny berries. Pick off the first tiny berries and flowers and your plant will think it's under attack and respond by making even more and bigger berries....which means more strawberry shortcake for you. You're welcome.

3 comments :

  1. Whoa! I never knew... Thanks Carissa!

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  2. How to keep the pill bugs from eating my strawberries they eat more than snails & slugs
    I have less of the latter but too many pill bugs!

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    1. I luckily do not have a pill bug problem with my strawberries although I have read surrounding your strawberry plants with diatomaceous earth with keep them away (as well as a the slugs and snails) if you apply it every evening for 3-4 days.

      Also, toads are natural pill bug predators. If you don't already have toads in your garden, you may want to consider importing them.

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