This is the VOA Special English Agriculture Report.
of the sweetest gifts of nature is a red, ripe strawberry. There are three
basic kinds of strawberries: June bearing, ever bearing and day neutrals.
bearing are ready in the spring, so they are also called spring bearing. But gardeners
will not get a crop during the first spring after planting.
bearers, when planted after the last winter freeze, will produce fruit during spring
or early summer. A second or sometimes third crop will be ready in late summer.
Day neutrals produce fruit throughout the summer months.
The University of Illinois Urban
Extension says ever bearers and day neutrals are especially good for home
gardens. Plant strawberries in the spring as soon as the soil is dry enough.
to plant late in the day or on a cloudy day. The soil should cover just the roots
and not the crown on top of the plant. Runners will appear in a few weeks.
Strawberries grown in containers need a soil depth of
about twenty-five to thirty centimeters. Be sure the container has holes in the
Strawberries grow well in loamy soil that lets water
pass through easily. Carl Wilson at the Colorado State University Extension suggests
mixing about three to five percent organic material into the soil.
of caring for strawberries is renovation. Once the plants have produced fruit,
they become less productive. Renovation means removing a lot of the old plants
to let newer ones replace them. The Agricultural Extension Service at the
University of Tennessee says growers should do this every year after harvest.
also includes adding fertilizer. Adding nitrogen as a side or top dressing in
late summer will supply nutrients to the fruit buds for the following spring.
grows most of the strawberry crop in the United States. The fifty-first year of
the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival is this weekend south of Los Angeles. The
Web site Strawberryfestival.org says it began as a way to bring the city of
Garden Grove together. A local public relations man suggested a celebration of
the area's once plentiful strawberry fields.
grew into one of the largest community festivals in the western states,
complete with the world's largest strawberry shortcake. The festival has a
parade, carnival rides, games and a karaoke singing contest called
that's the VOA Special English Agriculture Report, written by Jerilyn Watson. For
more gardening advice, go to voaspecialenglish.com. I'm Faith Lapidus.