Strawberries are a universally loved fruit that even the fussiest of green thumbs enjoy. They are sweet, juicy red gems of goodness, and will taste even sweeter and more flavoursome when homegrown. As there is nothing more disappointing then buying an expensive punnet of strawberries from the supermarket and throwing half of them away! Strawberries are perfect for growing in small garden beds or even in hanging planters if you’re a bit short on horizontal space. They are also one of the easiest and rewarding plants for kids to grow. Unfortunately, humans aren’t the only strawberry lovers. Birds, possums, slugs, snails and even dogs can decimate a crop of berries in no time at all, so consider putting wire mesh or netting over your plants to keep them safe.
Certified disease-free strawberry seedlings from your local nursery
Good quality potting mix
Water-filled watering can
Pea or sugarcane straw mulch
The perfect treat for an afternoon tea party and a way to showcase your kids strawberry growing skills.
175g plain flour
100g chilled organic butter
2 tablespoons icing sugar
1 egg yolk
3 egg yolks
20g plain flour
60g caster sugar
1 cup (250mL) of milk
1 vanilla bean, split
A handful of strawberries, halved
1-tablespoon good quality strawberry jam
A few mint leaves
Recipe adapted from taste.com.au
Aside from being simply delicious, these juicy heart-shaped delights are a surprising storehouse of nutrients. They contain vitamin C, fibre, anthocyanins (antioxidants), potassium and magnesium making them perfect for growing little bodies. Folklore states that if you split a double strawberry in half and share it with someone else, you’ll soon fall in love. So be careful who you share your strawberries with!