I have noticed that during the hot summer days, many of the plants look wilted, especially the cucumbers, sweet potatoes, and zucchini. At first, I thought they were low on water, so I watered them. The next day the same wilted look occurred but at dusk the plants looked vibrant. After a few rounds of this, I think this is nature’s way of conserving water loss through the leaves.
It is about that time to cover strawberry plants. Did you know strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside? When the first hard frost occurs, usually late Nov or early Dec, layer 4 inches of straw over the plants to protect them from the wind and elements.
In early September, apply 10-10-10 fertilizer around the strawberries.
We have several strawberry plants which were started in spring – many made it, many did not.