I planted six Loran Strawberries today in my blueberry bed.
The tag suggested I plant these 6 inches apart because they are not as inclined to set runners as many strawberries, and are touted for container growing. I gave them 8 inches, which seems close. I bought them at my local box store because I haven’t tried them before. I also have Quinalt Strawberries and alpine strawberry seeds, which I look forward to trying out. They need about a month to sprout and I will start them this week. I just freed up space for more tiny seeds today.
It looks like it might rain a little more, and these have been out on my back porch getting used to outdoors for about 10 days. The blooms are good down to around 28°F. I will mulch them tomorrow after the rain.
This is an everbearing day neutral strawberry that blooms from April through October. I will plant about 30 plants and have strawberries through the season. If I have a glut, I can always freeze them separately on a cookie sheet and save in plastic bags for later use. Glut seems contraindicated with the concept of strawberries, but I guess it can happen. It has never happened in my garden, but it’s a pleasant thought.
I usually purchase flats of strawberries for jam, but plan to buy some June bearing strawberries for that this year since I am getting self-sufficient. Golly gee darn I might need to build more raised beds for annual vegetables if I get too many perennial fruits and herbs.
I now have 24 painted corn plants on the back porch but will bring them in at night for a while. These will go into raised bed 7 that mirrors bed 1 a/k/a blueberries/strawberries. I will also plant seed out right before monsoon to see if that works as well.
Loran strawberries look tempting out there, I sure hope to have strawberries soon.