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Melinda’s Garden Moment: Benefits of planting strawberries

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Low in calories, high in vitamin C and antioxidants, strawberries also provide seasonal interest in gardens and containers.

Consider using strawberries as a groundcover in sunny locations. Their attractive leaves, white flowers, red fruit and brilliant red fall color add sparkle to the landscape and provide fresh fruit for your meals.

Or grow them in a pot or hanging basket on your balcony or deck. They’ll be close at hand and easy to harvest.

The runners, flowers and fruit of June or spring bearing as well as day-neutral strawberries, make for an attractive hanging basket. Or fill a traditional strawberry pot with everbearing plants that produce several harvests, but no runner.

Up the ornamental appeal of traditional in ground plantings with a star shaped bed. The elevated beds make for easier planting, weeding and harvesting.

A bit more information: Try growing Delizz® strawberry, the first ever All-America Selections strawberry winner. It is easy to start from seed and will produce an abundant harvest throughout the growing season.

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About Melinda Myers

Nationally known gardening expert, TV/radio host, author and columnist Melinda Myers has over 30 years of horticulture experience and has written over 20 gardening books, including Small Space Gardening and the Midwest Gardener’s Handbook. She hosts The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything DVD series, including the latest “Food Gardening For Everyone” DVD set. For more than 10 years she’s hosted the nationally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment TV & radio segments. Myers is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine and writes for Chicagoland Gardening and State-by-State Gardening. She has received recognition and numerous awards, including the American Horticultural Society’s B.Y. Morrison Communication Award. Myers’ website is www.melindamyers.com

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