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What are soft fruits?

Grow your own strawberries

Growing your own soft fruits outdoors is easier than you think! With just a few simple steps, you’ll learn how to grow strawberries in your own back garden,
so you can look forward to all the yummy ways you can use your fruits come harvest time how to harvest your fruits, and finally, how to enjoy them!

Grow your own strawberries-Materials

To get started you’ll need:

  • 2-3 strawberry plants. We recommend the Strawberry Alpine variety as they produce tiny little strawberries that are very sweet
  • A large ceramic or plastic pot with drainage holes
  • Compost
  • Rocks/broken pot pieces for drainage
  • Straw
  • Netting

Let’s get growing!


Step 1: Getting your pot ready

  • Make sure your pot is clean and add your rocks or pot pieces to the bottom so that water can easily drain away
  • Fill the pot with compost
  • Make evenly-spaced holes in the compost

Step 2: Planting the strawberries

  • Gently remove the young strawberry plants from their pots
  • Place them in the holes making sure they’re not too deep–the part of the plant where the leaves start should be level with the soil
picking strawberries

Step 3: Planting the strawberries

  • Find a good spot - strawberries need shelter from the wind and lots of sun
  • They’ll need water every day, so if it’s not raining, be sure to water them yourself
  • P lace some netting over the plant to stop birds snacking on your strawberries
  • A dd some straw on top of the soil to let the fruit sit on – lying on wet soil can make them go bad
  • Check on them every day, and pick the strawberries as soon as they’re ready 

What can I do with my home-grown strawberries?

Strawberries are a delicious ingredient that can be enjoyed in lots of ways! Here are a few ideas:

  • Add them on top of pancakes and ice cream
  • Add them on top of your breakfast porridge or cereal
  • Chop them up and use them to flavour your water or
  • lemonade
  • If you’ve got lots of strawberries left over, you could even
  • make homemade jam!

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