Strawberries are easy to grow and delicious to eat. Best of all, the plants bear fruit year after year.Materials
- Strawberry seedlings
- Straw mulch
- Help your child plant strawberry seedlings about one foot apart in a sunny area with well-drained soil. Plant multiple rows about two feet apart.
- Water the plants regularly.
- For the first three months after you plant them, remove the blossoms from each plant.
- During the first two growing seasons, remove all the runners from the plants. These techniques help the plants grow sturdy.
- You won't get any berries in the first growing season, but you will get berries in the second growing season.
- When cold weather arrives and the ground freezes, cover your plants with straw. Remove the straw the following spring.
- Starting in the third growing season, let the runners grow. These will form new rows of strawberry plants. Remove the older plants in the fall.
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Copyright © 2001 by Patricia Kuffner. Excerpted from The Children's Busy Book with permission of its publisher, Meadowbrook Press.
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