Strawberries and Soil Temperatures

The Plantrama team gets their fingers sticky with strawberry juices today as we talk about foraging for wild berries, and how to grow strawberries in your garden. Hear about the types of plants, protecting berries from critters, using this plant as groundcover, and more. We end with some thoughts about soil temperatures.

Here is a great chart from the Cooperative Extension-Sacramento County, showing how long seeds take to germinate in different soil temperatures.
:38 What’s For Dinner: Strawberries
3:45 Eat/Drink/Grow: Strawberries
19:25 Insider Information: The importance of soil temperatures

Strawberries have sweet flowers, so are attractive planted in window boxes and other containers.

The fruit hides under the foliage, so picking strawberries feels like a treasure hunt, especially for children.

Ellen holds a handful of wild, Colorado strawberries. (Note her stained fingers…she clearly had been picking and eating berries for some time before taking this photo!)

Pine needles make an ideal mulch for around strawberry plants.

These spring iris bloom when the soil temperatures are in the low 40’s…but many seeds would take weeks to germinate in such cold.

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