Melinda’s Garden Moments: Strawberry Pots

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Nationally known gardening expert Melinda Myers helps everyday gardeners find success and ease in the garden through her Melinda’s Garden Moment television segments. Melinda shares “must have” tips that hold the key to gardening success, learned through her more than 30 years of horticulture experience. Home gardeners throughout the country find her gardener friendly, practical approach to gardening both refreshing and informative. Here, Melinda shares garden tips which expand on the information provided in her one-minute TV segments.

New topics will be added throughout the growing season, providing timely step-by-step tips on what you need to do next in your garden! To view online streaming video of Melinda’s Garden Moments, click here.

Strawberry Pot/Hanging Basket

Add a bit of nutrition and beauty to your patio, deck, or balcony with a pot of strawberries.

The runners, flowers and fruit of June or spring bearing as well as day-neutral strawberries make for an attractive hanging basket. Set the plastic pot inside a decorative container. Or use a traditional strawberry pot. Consider growing everbearing plants that produce several harvests and no runners.

Place soil on the bottom of the container. Set a couple of perforated PVC down through the planter. As you water, the water travels through the pipe and out the holes providing moisture to all plants from top to bottom.

Slide the plants through the hole from the inside of the pot. Fill the remaining space with soil. Gently tamp and water thoroughly to eliminate air pockets.

A bit more information: Check your container daily and water thoroughly and often enough to keep the soil slightly moist. Incorporate a low nitrogen slow release fertilizer like Milorganite into the soil at planting or sprinkle over the soil surface as needed. This type of fertilizer promotes growth without interfering with flowering and fruit production.

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