Growing your own strawberries is easy and enjoyable when you know how. One of the advantages of homegrown strawberries is that you know they have not been exposed to pesticides or other chemicals. Your efforts will be greatly rewarded when your strawberries continue to bear fruit year after year. These versatile plants can be successfully grown in the ground, in pots, or even in hanging baskets, making them the ideal gardening project. What better way to add a touch of luxury to a glass of champagne at a family celebration than with a fresh strawberry picked from your own garden?


1. Starting from a seed

Growing your strawberry plant from seed is very rewarding, but it does take some TLC. Starting from seeds means you can choose which variety or combination of varieties of strawberry to grow. If you're planting your seeds before late spring, you'll need to keep them indoors to protect them from frosts during the delicate early stages of growth. Cold-treat your seeds by putting them in the freezer for two to four weeks before planting. This triggers their germination response to the warmer surroundings once removed from the freezer and returned to room temperature. To plant, simply press your seeds into a moist soil and peat mixture laid out in the bottom of a seed planter. Do not fully bury them. If placed in direct sunlight in a bright room, they will take two to three weeks to germinate.

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