12 August 2016 By Tash Ellens
Strawberry plants are one of the fastest and most versatile fruits you can grow, from planting them in borders, containers and baskets you can be inventive with growing your strawberries.
The best time to plant strawberries is from March to April and then again in October. This will provide you with a healthy harvest in July and August, or you can speed up their growing process by keeping them in the greenhouse. Once you have found the perfect spot for your strawberries, you'll likely see fruit from them year on year and are unlikely to have to replace the plants. The strawberry plants require little maintenance once planted, find them a spot with a little shelter and sun that has good drainage and make sure you give them regular watering. Before harvesting your strawberries, you should wait for them to turn fully red, this will provide you with juicy, firm and sweet strawberries.
This strawberry chia jam is quick and simple, using only three natural ingredients!
4 tbsp. Maple Syrup
3 tbsp. Chia Seeds
Place the strawberries and maple syrup in a pan over a high heat for about five minutes. Once the strawberries have started to soften and release their juice, take them off of the heat and mash them with a potato masher.
Place the jam in a jar container and leave to cool. Store in the fridge in an air tight container for up to a week.