It’s a practical and pretty way to grow these juicy, summer crops
Different shapes and sizes of strawberry planters are everywhere in garden centres at the moment, with openings and side holes to tuck in a few more plants here and there, designed to give more room and distribute growth evenly. Plastic ‘cascading’ pots are perfect, but traditional-style terracotta ones have a certain romance about them, and tend to look nicer with a set of trailing plants drooping prettily down. They also look great with herbs or succulents in them. As for practicality, these planters also mean they’re mobile and can be turned towards the sun to ripen fruit quicker, plus drainage is better. Caring for strawberries is simple. Give them plenty of sunshine, light and warmth and you’re on to a winner. Water fairly often and feed them every fortnight with a fertiliser rich in potassium, such as tomato feed, and they’ll thrive. Be vigilant with vine weevil as they can nibble up all the roots. Pick off adults whenever you see them or water on nematodes for grub prevention.