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  Fruit in Containers
  March 5th, 2005

Strawberries – the favorite fruit for the patio gardener.

Don’t be discouraged from growing fruit just because the space in your garden is limited. Even if there is insufficient room for apples or pears, many container gardens can support currants or one of the unusual berries. These take up little space and are seldom found in the grocery store. And don’t forget the ever-popular strawberries!

Strawberries are especially attractive grown in special planters or tubs, with white flowers in late spring and delicious red fruits ripening in summer. They can also be grown in growing bags, planted in late summer to bear fruit the following year. Don’t forget to use those pocketed terracotta containers. Yes…that is what they were made for.

It is possible to retain strawberry plants in growing bags for two years but it is probably best if they are replanted annually. Since they are a greedy crop, make sure you add slow-release fertilizer when you plant them. And remember, the early bird get the worm, or in this case the strawberry. You may need to net the berries when ripening to prevent the birds from beating you to the lushious fruit.

So, whether you love the fruit of the strawberry, or just like the looks of a ground cover cascading in your pots, plant these great berries now for summer long enjoyment.

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