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Growing Strawberries - PDF ebook

Strawberries can be grown in a wide range of climates ranging from temperate climates to cooler positions in tropical areas; and are well suited to growing as a greenhouse crop anywhere if temperature conditions are controlled.

 

They are a significant large crop in many countries and a popular crop for home gardeners the world over. More than 3.5 million tonnes of strawberries were produced in 75 countries in 2005 and by 2010 the world’s top 10 producers harvested almost 3 million metric tonnes, this extended to global production of over 4.5 million tonnes by 2012; a growth of almost 13% in 5 years. Although the United States, Turkey, Spain, Mexico the Netherlands, remain amongst the top producers, other countries are steadily increasing their production with Greece and Egypt increasing their production level by over 30% between 2007 and 2014, Chile too is an emerging and increasing producer. 

 

CONTENTS 
 

CHAPTER 1  -  INTRODUCTION: OVERVIEW, HISTORY, BOTANY AND TAXONOMY 

  • The strawberry
  • History
  • Botany
  • Genetics
  • Species
  • Types of strawberry plants
  • Day neutral strawberry varieties
  • Short day strawberry varieties
  • Long day varieties

CHAPTER  -  2 CULTURE  

  • Climate
  • Pollination
  • Soils and fertiliser
  • Planting
  • Buying plants
  • Spacing plants and planting
  • Plant care
  • Mulch
  • Removing runners
  • Pruning
  • Replacing old plants
  • Netting
  • Propagation

 

CHAPTER 3  -  WAYS OF GROWING STRAWBERRIES, HARVESTING AND MARKETING TECHNIQUES  

  • Growing strawberries organically
  • Aspect
  • Soils
  • Organic cultivation in beds/rows
  • Organic cultivation in containers
  • Organic plant protection
  • Growing strawberries in containers
  • Greenhouse growing
  • Hydroponics
  • Harvesting strawberries
  • Hand harvesting
  • Harvesting large scale growers
  • Marketing

 

CHAPTER 4  -  MANAGING PESTS, DISEASES AND OTHER PROBLEMS  

  • Potential problems
  • Pests
  • Aphids
  • Beetles
  • Bugs
  • Caterpillars
  • Mites
  • Nematodes (eelworms)
  • Slugs
  • Weevils
  • Diseases
  • Fungal diseases
  • Bacterial diseases
  • Viral diseases

CHAPTER 5  -   CULTIVARS 

  • Cultivars
  • Comparing some cultivars

CHAPTER 6  -   USING STRAWBERRIES  

  • Nutritional value of strawberries
  • Preserving strawberries
  • Freezing
  • Bottling
  • Drying
  • Recipes
  • Strawberry jam
  • Strawberry fruit punch
  • Strawberry mocktail
  • Summer strawberry salad
  • Strawberry cheesecake
  • Strawberry jelly
  • Strawberry coulis
  • Other ways to use strawberries
  • For skin
  • For hair
  • Ornamental plant
  • Strawberry oils

APPENDIX

 

Learn more about Growing Strawberries in this 76 page ebook with pictures. 

 
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