Juicy and tasty strawberries are a favorite treat for children and adults. And who doesn't like to eat fresh berries straight from the garden! Plus, strawberries are rich in vitamins and minerals, which means they are very healthy.
Every gardener and gardener necessarily leaves a place on his personal plot for this wonderful berry. This desire is explained by the fact that garden strawberries are unpretentious and grows quickly, and they also do not require special attention and, after a short time, pleases the owners with rich harvests.
- Strawberry Holiday
- Strawberry care
- Planting strawberries
- Strawberry protection
- Strawberry propagation
Thanks to their amazing taste, strawberries have become popular not only among amateurs, but also among breeders. Over the years, they have developed many varieties of this berry, which differ in size, taste and appearance. In addition, each variety requires its own special approach.
Fans of late summer harvests often prefer the Holiday strawberries. This variety is famous for its large and sweet berries, which have a bright aroma and can decorate any table.
Fortunately, the care of Holiday strawberries is pretty straightforward. It grows well both on flat ground and on the southwestern slopes. But it is important to choose a place where the plants would be reliably protected from the wind.
Gardeners should protect adult strawberries from fungal diseases. To do this, they should replant the bushes to a new location every three or four years. It should be noted that this variety is resistant to gray rot and wilting, and it also tolerates drought well.
However, this does not mean that you can not follow the watering regime. For the plant to feel good, it should be watered at least once a week, and in hot weather, after four or five days. Proper care will ensure the juiciness and sweet taste of the berries. But if suddenly there is too much moisture, then the fruits will be watery and insipid.
If a gardener wants to get a rich harvest, he needs to remember about fertilizers. The best remedy is infused ash, one glass per bucket of water. Herbicides will help in the fight against weeds, and before planting, you can fertilize the garden with manure.
After harvesting, strawberry bushes continue to grow and do not forget about caring for them. It is important to water the plants on time and remove yellowed leaves. For the winter, it is better to sprinkle the beds with rotted manure and securely cover them from snow.
Quite often, novice gardeners are not interested in the rules for planting berries and get a bad harvest. To avoid mistakes, you should follow simple rules. First of all, when buying seedlings, you need to make sure that each bush has several healthy leaves and a healthy central bud. Such seedlings will easily take root and will not cause trouble.
When planting, gardeners should take into account that an adult strawberry of this variety forms rather large and tall bushes. Therefore, a distance of at least 40 cm should be left between the bushes.
To protect strawberries from diseases and pests, it is enough to plant other plants on it.
For example, calendula will prevent infection with fungal diseases, and marigolds and marigolds will protect the roots from nematodes. Parsley, planted between the rows, will protect against the invasion of slugs.
Experienced gardeners know that strawberries deplete the land they grow on in four or five years. Therefore, after transplanting it, you need to plant carrots and beans on the soil. In a year this place can be occupied by pumpkin crops, and even later - by nightshade. After that, strawberries can safely return to their native garden and surprise with new high yields.
Holiday strawberry seeds can be harvested in summer by drying ripe berries. They can also be purchased at any store or ordered by mail. The best time to plant seeds is December. To prevent the plants from dying, the seeds must be planted in boxes and placed on the windowsill. It is necessary to water the ground in time and protect the sprouts from drafts. Grown plants will be ready for planting in the garden in early May, and the fruits should be expected next year.
Strawberries can also be propagated in the most popular way - with the help of a mustache.
Experts recommend using only the first two outlets from the mustache. In this case, it will be possible to get the maximum berry yield in the first year. Other rosettes in the first season will not bear much fruit, but in the next they will level out and bring a decent harvest.
Many books have been written about the intricacies of growing berries, but experience and first successes will appear only in the process of hard work. Observing the simple rules described in the article, any novice gardener can easily grow strawberries in his garden. Favorite berries will not keep you waiting for their appearance and will be wonderful treats for guests and owners of the summer cottage.