Growing Strawberries with Kids: Follow Along!
It's November already! How has this year disappeared so quickly? What a year it has been.
With summer now just around the corner, the change of seasons provides us with the perfect opportunity to plant fresh fruit.
Plus, who doesn't love a little project? 🍓
We thought it would be a neat idea to follow Letitia (our incredible content creator) and her little ones as they plant new strawberries, monitor their growth and document their upkeep over the coming weeks.
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Start your own child’s strawberry garden and share your progress with us. We’d love to hear your tips and tricks for growing the best strawberries. Or maybe you have the perfect recipe to make with your little ones once their delicious strawberries are ready to be picked?
What You Need to Plant a Strawberry Patch
Before you begin planting, you’ll need to gather a few essentials.
- A watering can
- A trough or raised garden bed with holes for drainage — we got ours from Oderings
- Good clean soil (you can use potting mix, strawberry mix or something similar from your local plant shop; always ensure to work in a ventilated area and wear gloves when handling)
- Strawberry plants/seedlings.
Involve your children in this project from the start by taking them shopping with you and letting them check off the items as you collect them.
How to Set Up Your Strawberry Garden
- Place your garden bed/trough in an area with shelter and plenty of sunlight
- Fill the container with the soil or potting mix
- Dig holes in the soil for each plant with your fingers, making sure that they are evenly spaced out, at least several inches apart
- Gently remove the plants from their pots and plant them in the holes you have made
- Firm the soil around the plants with your hands and water them well.
Nurturing Your Strawberries as They Grow
Your plants will need a lot of love and attention if they are to produce juicy, succulent fresh strawberries. Most kids will thrive on the responsibility of caring for their strawberry patch, and having tasks to do will keep them interested as they wait for the fruit to grow.
- Water your strawberry plants daily
- Add fertiliser, such as tomato feed, once a week
- When your plants start to grow strawberries, cover them in netting to protect them from birds
- Lay straw underneath the plants for the strawberries to rest on; they can rot in soil
- Encourage your children to check on their strawberries every day. When they look big and ripe, they’re ready to be picked and enjoyed!
Top Tips for Growing Strawberries at Home
Give your children the best chance of strawberry growing success by following these top tips:
- Make sure you have good drainage
- Ideally, use a fairly rich soil
- Choose the right variety of strawberry for the time of year
- Plant at the right depth — around 2 - 3 inches
- Control weeds by removing any that grow near your plants
- Remove snails and slugs fast (laying straw can help deter them)
- Don’t overwater your strawberries; the soil should be moist but not soggy.
Fun Activities to Help Your Kids Learn
To keep your children engaged in their gardening project, give them some fun learning activities to do while they wait for the strawberries to grow. The possibilities are endless, but our top suggestions are:
- Draw and label the parts of the plant
- Fill in a daily chart to monitor the progress of your plants
- Handprint strawberry craft
- Research yummy recipes to make when the strawberries are ripe
- Create a fun facts book or poster about strawberries.
Your Child’s Questions Answered
Children are brimming with questions because they are continually learning something new and feeling curious about the world around them. Here are a few questions that might come up — and the answers, in case you’re not sure!
Q. How many strawberries will grow on each plant?
A. Typically, around 1kg of fruit per plant, but this varies depending on the type of plant, the time of year and how well looked after your plants are!
Q. What time of year should we plant our strawberries?
A. The best time to plant is in the Spring, so that young plants are not exposed to extremely cold weather.
Q. How will we know when the strawberries are ready to eat?
A. When the tip of the strawberry is completely red. Not all the fruit will ripen at the same rate, so check your plants every day and pick any that are ready to eat.
We hope you've enjoyed our strawberry growing guide. We can’t wait to see how you get on! Visit us in the VIP group and let us know.