How to Grow Strawberries

Learning how to grow strawberries is easy and rewarding. It’s the fruit that signals “summer has arrived.” Bright, red, and beautiful and sweet as sugar, strawberries are a staple to our diet starting in late May/early June on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Just in case you’re wondering about the role bees play in the life of the strawberry, wonder no more. The best berries are thanks to bees. When honeybees are available to pollinate berry crops, farmers realize as much as one thousand pounds more fruit per acre. You’ll find organic strawberry and strawberry seeds in quite a few of our Bee Inspired products.

Bee Inspired Scrub and mask on white plates with berries and linen napkin on wood table

Now that strawberry season is upon us, it’s the perfect time to plant your crop.  

Because strawberries grow so close to the ground and don’t have a “thick skin,” they are often plagued by fungal disease and pests. In conventional farming, the farmer uses potent pesticides to yield predictable results. When organic strawberry farming, crop rotation may be the answer to avoiding pesticides. Or growing strawberries in container gardens may be the way to go.

In every event, we avoid conventionally grown strawberries, and we hope you will too. Strawberries are one of the ubiquitous “dirty dozen” fruits, covered in pesticide residue not easily removed by washing them.

Strawberry blossoms in progress

Anyone can grow strawberries! They don’t require a lot of time or space. Perfect for busy lives and small yards.

There are many creative ways to grow strawberries, even if you don’t have a lot of land. My favorite strawberries come from my friend Joyce Wallace’s garden! I know that she only uses her fingers to remove the occasional grub.

If you don’t have a gem of a friend like Joyce, then maybe you’ll consider growing your own strawberries. They made the top 10 easy to grow fruit plant list.

homegrown strawberries
Strawberries growing in a straw pot

The Natural Way to Stop Strawberry Pests

Keeping strawberries off of the ground is the key to avoid the need for pesticides. Otherwise, the fruits will rest on the soil, allowing insects and other pests to nibble on the berries. Once you get strawberries growing, learn how to control common pests organically from The Spruce.

Strawberries can easily grow in pots and baskets. An easy way to keep ground-dwelling insects from having easy access to your crop. Growing them in baskets or tiered garden containers is the way to go. There are all sorts of interesting growing systems designed for strawberry growing.

How to Grow strawberries organically

Strawberries in Pot
Strawberry pot

You can grow your strawberries vertically in many different ways-pots and hanging baskets aren’t the only options! You can grow strawberries in rain gutters that can easily be mounted on a windowsill or deck rail. Another option would be a Vertical Stair Planter from Menards that will fit into a narrow (but sunny) section of your property.

Hanging pots with strawberries
Growing strawberries in pots

Mounting an old shipping palette onto a garage or outbuilding wall is a trendy option to create a wall garden filled with berries. Find plans for a DIY Palette Planter that you can make on a weekend afternoon. If you’d like any more ideas, check out these vertical gardening ideas from Smart Living Network.

Up for trying any of these strawberry growing tips? Please share them with us on Instagram!

Happy planting!

How to Grow Strawberries in Hand

About the Author


Kara waxes about the bees, creates and tests recipes with her friend Joyce, and does her best to share what she’s learned and continues to learn about the bees, honey, ingredients we use and more.

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