Almost everyone knows and loves the strawberry but not everyone grows them. And I want to change this. Strawberries are easy to grow and provide a most delicious fruit early in the summer.
Here in the northeast region of the US our strawberries ripen as early as the first or second week of June! As we have talked about in earlier Edible November posts picking strawberries with your kids and family is one of my most enjoyable events. The strawberry is the earliest ripening fruit that I grow so it is always a joy to get out there in early June with my family and stain our hands strawberry red.
Strawberries grow great in raised beds and spread via runners. This means your strawberry patch can be constantly expanding. Strawberries will fruit a little bit in the first year but will do best in years 2-4. Plant your strawberry bed this fall mulch them heavily and you will be enjoying picking strawberries this spring.