Alpine Strawberries

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Photo: www.quarteracreweedfarm.blogspot.com

Alpine Strawberries are a romantic addition to your perennial herb bed as well a pretty and tasty treat for container gardening.  I grew some plants from seed under lights during the winter.  Although the instructions on the packet did not recommend it, I pre-chilled the seeds in the refrigerator before planting them in growing medium.  Those little babies are maturing slowly in the border of my herb garden.  For this season I purchased a few plants for my patio and planted three per pot.  Alpine Strawberries are productive for up to five years and do not produce runners.  They are producing many blossoms and tiny berries.  My local catbird couple are enjoying them as soon as they ripen.  If I want any for my morning cereal, I'm going to have to break down and buy some bird netting.


posted in: Container Gardening, Square Inch Gardening, Alpine Strawberries

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TheLiberatedGardener writes: Great post. I've been growing alpine strawberries happily for several years in piedmont NC (zone 7).

They are growing in a raised bed, heavily amended with grit (similar to rock dust/gravel). When I first planted them in regular clay loam in the raised bed, they lived, but were not happy about it. After I dug them and amended the soil with grit (duh--alpines) they immediately perked up.

Bought plants mail order from Edible Landscaping. (their goal is to find/develop edibles that do well in the south and can be grown organically).

I keep the birds away with an inflatable snake that costs about $8. Have to move it every other day or the birds figure out the deception. But that's about the frequency you want for picking ripe berries anyway.

They also want full sun in the cool part of the year and afternoon shade in the hot part of the year. I solved this by planting asparagus in the center of the bed--the strawberries line the edge of the circular raised bed. The foliage of the asparagus gets cut back at frost, leaving the strawberries with full sun through the winter and spring. By early summer, the asparagus foliage is shading the strawberries from the heat.

Best ways to eat alpine strawberries in order of preference: 1) by the handful, straight, no chaser, 2) on vanilla ice cream, 3) on my cereal.

Frank Hyman (www.frankhyman.com)
Posted: 2:48 pm on June 27th
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