SSS Strawberries Charity Golf Day

April 17th, 2012 by admin

KEEN golfers will have the opportunity to tee off for a good cause and help drive support for the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation.

SSS Strawberries Charity Golf Day event director Danielle Thompson,
Bundaberg Health Services Foundation’s Maria Burnet and Bargara Golf
Club president Jim McLaughlin are ready for the Health Services
Foundation Charity Golf Day on Sunday April 22.

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Roasted Strawberry Crepe

February 15th, 2012 by admin

Roasted Strawberry Crepe

Preparation Time

10 minutes
Cooking Time

10 minutes
Ingredients (serves 4)

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Organic Strawberry farming

February 10th, 2012 by admin

For anyone serious about strawberry farming, knowing about organic strawberry farming is of prime importance. This is especially applicable for small scale farmers.

These days with the growth of demand in locally produced berries, the commercial prospect of organic strawberry farming has increased manifolds. Strawberry farmers around the world are busy upgrading their farming methods in a bid to suit agro-farming to all climatic conditions.
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Tips for picking strawberries

February 10th, 2012 by admin

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As we all know, strawberries are tender fruit, so while picking strawberries one has to be careful how you handle them. Let’s find out some handy tips on how to pick strawberries.

Picking strawberries can be great fun and it’s something the whole family can do together. Kicking off this trend, plenty of strawberry farms have come up with ideas that not only promote tourism but also make for a fresh change. The official strawberry picking season is usually around the seasons beginning April to June. Picking can be done fore a maximum of 4-5 days into their picking season.
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Different uses of Strawberry

February 9th, 2012 by admin

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One of the most beautiful fruits, the strawberry in spite of its luscious looks has more to it than only looks. This lovely fruit is in fact multifaceted and has more uses than you might have thought of. Apart from the different uses of strawberry, you can eat it any way you want too. Strawberries can be eaten fresh, cooked or frozen too. You might experiment with the fruit in the form of different recipes or add it to smoothies, sorbets, pies, jello and salads.

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Helping children learn how to grow Strawberry

February 8th, 2012 by admin

If your kids have a green thumb, teach them how to grow strawberries. This could be a great pass time for them while allowing parents bond with their kids too. When you help kids grow strawberries, they also have a lot of fun besides becoming interested in gardening. Most children fall in love with strawberries, especially given the fact that they look as well as taste so good!

Growing vegetables together with kids in your garden can be quality time spent for all members of the family, and the kids actually love it, when they can mess round and actually plant their own saplings. While you help kids grow strawberries teach them how to place the plants on the soil, water the plants and tend on them once they are older.

If you thought helping kids grow strawberries, would be difficult think again. It’s an easy and fun process, lets see how. Strawberries are easily grown with kids and because they come in different varieties, you can pick one that suits your climate well.

While trying to help kids grow strawberries, remember that the process begins from choosing a plant that the child likes from the nursery. You’ll have plenty of choices if you browse through local nurseries; they would probably advice you on varieties that should grow well in your locality.

When you help kids grow strawberries, let them pick a healthy looking annual plant since it is less likely to have diseases. Growing strawberry requires sun; keep that in mind while planting the sapling. Before children can actually plant the sapling, they have to make the ground ready and this is usually the most fun part for them.

Help kids grow strawberries, by asking them to first measure and then dig holes for placing the plants. Depending on the space you have and how many plants you want make arrangements. Teach children that the strawberry plants should be placed approximately 14 to 18 inches apart from each other in neat rows that are separated by 2-3 feet each.

While helping kids grow strawberries, they also need to be taught how to maintain the plant and look after it once the planting has been done.
The strawberry plant needs to be watered every day. You can make this more fun for children by buying them their very own small cans with which they can water the plants. Show kids how to pinch off the plant runners for larger sized berries. From time to time guide children on how to thin the plants so that thin out the plants so that diseases and insects can be avoided.

Teach children to keep their plants healthy by keeping away pests and insects that are sure to pester the plant. Slugs and snails are commonly seen around strawberry plants. The children should be trained how to keep the plants free from disease and bugs.

Teach kids to remove the yellow and diseased leaves. They should also learn to pick the fruits before they start rotting. You might also help kids grow strawberries in their own pots. This can be done very effectively; one however needs to remember to place the pot in a place that has sunlight.

If you teach the children to take good care of their plants, it might yield them delicious berries all through the season. There is no other plant that is so much fun to grow in terms of colour and the fruits that it produces.

Strawberry planting made easy

February 7th, 2012 by admin

If you are keen on adding some fruits to your garden while beautifying it too, try planting strawberries. With a little bit of planning and care, this plant is indeed easy to grow and will give you rich dividends in the form of fruits and beautification value.

You can grow strawberries just about anywhere. If you have a garden you need to prepare a bed for the or else you can start planting strawberries in hanging baskets, window boxes or patio containers too. Before you go about the preparations for planting, decide on how many plants you actually need depending on the size of your family. A small family could happily make do with about 25 plants for their regular strawberry needs. A bundle of 25 plants could cost you anywhere around 8-10 $.

Usually strawberries are usually sold in bundles of about 25 plants. Get yourself one such bundle and start the process of planting strawberries. It is better to buy your plants from a reputed nursery or grower, this way; you’ll be assured of a healthy plant, a correct price, tips on planting and important suggestions on which variety would grow well in your circumstances. It is always to grow a variety that suits your locality and climate rather than go for exotic varieties that may not yield well.

There are basically three types of strawberries, these are:

– Musk strawberries
– Single crop plants, which bear fruit and ripen rather quickly( within few weeks)
– The day-neutral types which yield fruit all summer.

For about 25 plants you will need to prepare a double row which is about 25 feet long and 3 feet wide, this is enough space for the plants to grow. If you keep the row narrow, it is more practical since it allows you to reach between the plants while picking the fruit. Planting strawberries is usually done in early spring so it would be best to start preparing the bed during fall. Make a raised bed, for solving drainage problems, preferably in a place that receives plenty of sunlight.

Check out some handy tips for planting strawberries-

– While buying new plants arrive, be wary of the health of the plant; try to spot for damages to the plant. Ensure that the crown should look healthy.
– While planting strawberries space out each plant about one foot away from the other.
– The bed should be watered the bed well before putting the plants in them, this will help force out the air gaps too, leading to better plant growth.
– Make your planting hole big enough to accommodate the roots well. Remember to adjust the plant in such a way that the crown is placed at soil level.

While picking the strawberries from the plant, make sure that you remove infected or bad fruits as this could lead to diseases in other fruits too. It is important that after planting strawberries you also take good care of the plants. Keep them well watered and occasionally spray them with fish emulsion or with liquid fertilizers.

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February 4th, 2012 by admin

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Health benefits of Strawberries

January 6th, 2012 by admin

World over, kids and adults alike are passionate about strawberries. This also happens to be one fruit that looks as good as it tastes! But not everyone might be aware about the health benefits of strawberries. This beautiful looking fruit can actually help us in many ways.

If we’ve got you curious about the goodness of strawberries read on-

The health benefits of strawberries are easy to identify, in fact the fruit contains a whole lot of nutrients that help the human body in staying healthy. Some of the vitamins to be found in strawberries are-

– vitamin C
– vitamin B5
– vitamin K
– vitamin B6

Health benefits of strawberries also include rich nutrition. The fruit contains significant amounts of phytonutrients and antioxidants. This if taken helps our body in fighting free radicals, which have often known to lead to cancerous growths.

The health benefits of strawberries, is of course not restricted to that of vitamins. The fruit is also a great source of folic acid, omega-3 fatty acids, manganese, copper, potassium, riboflavin and magnesium.

Many of you who might not be inclined to agree with the health benefits of strawberries might question its benefits as a health fruit in comparison to other fruits. Most of us are under the impression that fruits like apples and oranges are the best of health fruits. You’ll be surprised to know however that, if you compare the Vitamin C levels in a 100g of strawberries to that of a 100g of oranges, the strawberries exceed the oranges by at least 10mg. moreover strawberries are totally fat free and very low in calories too.

Did you know?

– Eating strawberries can help you in fighting heart diseases
– Strawberries help in prevention of Cancer by helping the body fight against Free radicals.
– Strawberries are great teeth whiteners
– Strawberry is a great enhancer for your beauty regime
– Also Potassium, present in strawberries helps significantly lower the blood pressure levels in people.

Health benefits of the strawberry also extend to skincare. Most beauticians will tell you of the benefits of eating strawberries on the skin. Not only that the fruit is also great one for reducing weight too. Regular intake of strawberries helps improve skin and hair.

Looking at this gorgeous fruit, you wouldn’t believe the amazing health benefits of the strawberry. In fact it has been proved that the fruit is also beneficial in improving the immune system of the body.

So whether it is fighting infections or removing damaged an malfunctioning cells, consumption of strawberries on a regular basis can help your combat all of this and more.

While understanding the health benefits of strawberries, it is also fun to know that the fruit is not only a health fruit but also great in taste and ads dimension to many a recipe. The benefits of this beautiful fruit are many, so add them to your daily diet for a healthy and beautiful you in more ways than one!

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