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CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 21, 2011
4:00 PM

Post #8511843

Got all of our strawberry boxes built & planted.
Now for some sunshine & warm to get them going.

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CricketsGarden
Nauvoo, AL
(Zone 7a)

April 22, 2011
5:51 PM

Post #8514064

I love it.
Thats a lot of strawberries.
What kind of soil mixture did you use?

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 22, 2011
6:00 PM

Post #8514091

Mostly Miracle Grow Potting soil. Old spent peat type stuff mixed in. We add 19-19-19 fertilizer to it also.
PrissyJo
Roswell, NM
(Zone 6a)

May 7, 2011
1:58 PM

Post #8546111

WOW Bernie~~ Those are beautiful! What's that metal railing looking thing just below the boxes and what did you use for the base of the boxes and did you drill drainage holes? Is that your farm off to the left where you grow your onions?????? Just GORGEOUS!!

PrissyJo

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 7, 2011
7:33 PM

Post #8546754

The boxes just sit on the legs, they are not fastened down. The metal is just bracing for the legs. Yes, there are onions out there.
I'll take some pics tomorrow of the rest of the garden.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 10, 2011
11:27 AM

Post #8552393

Day late & a dollar short, but I have pictures.
These are the onions by the strawberries.

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CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 10, 2011
11:29 AM

Post #8552397

Here's the berries.

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CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 10, 2011
11:30 AM

Post #8552401

Overall view of our garden. Goes as far as you see curved rows.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 10, 2011
11:30 AM

Post #8552406

Hit send to quick.

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CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 10, 2011
11:32 AM

Post #8552411

Planted tomatoes in hoophouse yesterday.

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CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 10, 2011
11:33 AM

Post #8552421

Plants waiting to go in the garden.

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PrissyJo
Roswell, NM
(Zone 6a)

May 11, 2011
5:24 AM

Post #8554154

wow oh wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Absolutely fantastic. Just beautiful!!! I hate to be jealous of anyone... but...

What a great set up and just beautiful land. I know you've put a lot of hard work into it but it was definitely worth it!! Gorgeous!

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 11, 2011
8:53 AM

Post #8554585

Put row covers over cucumber seed rows this morning. First time we tried this. Supposed to make them earlier.

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CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 11, 2011
8:59 AM

Post #8554597

2 rows done !

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crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

May 11, 2011
11:34 AM

Post #8554940

Oh WOW!!!!! That's awesome!! I'll be up to buy some strawberries from you, we can't get them to grow down here for squat for some reason, the ones we have growing are planted in the front flowerbed and are putting on this itty bitty berries and the ones in the garden where the good dirt is aren't growing at all, I think they died.

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

May 12, 2011
3:52 AM

Post #8557063

Bernie, your work and results ARE awesome! I've seen bits and pieces over the years, but it's nice to have a bigger picture. You really need to add the potato operation :o)
cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

May 23, 2011
6:58 PM

Post #8583092

Wow, gorgeous.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 23, 2011
9:02 PM

Post #8583381

I should take a new picture. Strawberries are in full bloom!

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

May 24, 2011
4:30 AM

Post #8583736

Absolutely!

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 24, 2011
5:34 AM

Post #8583832

Here we go.

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PrissyJo
Roswell, NM
(Zone 6a)

May 24, 2011
1:25 PM

Post #8584684

Wow Bernie they're beautiful. How many strawberries do you get from each plant? I planted 6 plants (!) this year and have never grown them before.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 24, 2011
9:18 PM

Post #8585622

About 4 or 5 on the first blossoms, but they continue blooming all summer.

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

May 25, 2011
4:23 AM

Post #8585887

They're beautiful! I love the bed they're in. That's the way to go!
Sashagirl
Davenport, IA
(Zone 5a)

May 25, 2011
4:49 AM

Post #8585909

Bernie,

I love it.
No more standing on your head to pick strawberries. Fantastic!

You are so innovative, just a true example of a forward thinking market grower. Kudos to you and your crew!

Deanna
seawatch888
San Diego-ScrippsR, CA
(Zone 10a)

May 31, 2011
9:12 PM

Post #8600560

Everything looks so neat, and clean, and healthy! Awesome job.
mattsmom
Tomah, WI

July 3, 2011
3:26 AM

Post #8669119

Bernie, how did your strawberries produce this season? Picking must have been so much easier! Awesome beds!

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 3, 2011
6:03 AM

Post #8669278

They are just getting going good. I pick Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday mid day & late on Friday. So far 4 to 7 pints per picking. Berries are getting bigger every time.
I sold these Saturday.

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Quyen
Orange, CA
(Zone 10b)

July 3, 2011
11:21 AM

Post #8669817

WOW to everything. I love the strawberries off the ground idea. Will try it on a (much) smaller scale here And Jumbo Free Range Eggs for $3.00 a dozen. What a deal!
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

July 3, 2011
7:36 PM

Post #8670633

Bernie...I love seeing all the pictures of your farm. Jo
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

July 4, 2011
6:37 AM

Post #8671197

I am very impressed with your farm garden.
Thank you for showing us the pictures.
I am wondering how deep those strawberry boxes are?

I saw a U-pick operation out in B.C.
They had it in a greenhouse.
The strawberry plants were in square baskets which were stacked.
The stacking was such that baskets were alternated so the corners were planted with strawberry plants. The corners of every other basket lined up.
Each "tower" of baskets was as tall as an adult could pick from.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 4, 2011
7:05 AM

Post #8671267

5½" sides, but not full of soil. Soil is probably 4" deep.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 4, 2011
3:22 PM

Post #8672155

I enjoyed the fruits of my labor this afternoon.

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roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

July 4, 2011
4:26 PM

Post #8672295

I could also enjoy the fruits of your labor...Jo

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

July 5, 2011
6:02 AM

Post #8673251

Bernie, AWESOME strawberries!!! I can smell them!

DELICIOUS!!!

ves522

ves522
Jim Falls, WI
(Zone 4a)

July 5, 2011
6:15 AM

Post #8673276

How will they winter over?
Elena
Middle, TN
(Zone 6b)

July 5, 2011
7:14 AM

Post #8673376

They make my mouth water just looking at their photos. Wish I had a big bowl full with vanilla ice cream on top. Sniff sniff!

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 5, 2011
8:41 AM

Post #8673538

We will use new plants every year.
Maybe some will follow me to KY.
Elena
Middle, TN
(Zone 6b)

July 5, 2011
10:43 AM

Post #8673807

I will be watching out for them. By the way, remember me asking you if the green and cream colored oregano I got from you at last year's roundup is edible? I don't want to poison anyone.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 24, 2011
8:46 AM

Post #8712268

Starting the second flush of berries. These are huge!

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CricketsGarden
Nauvoo, AL
(Zone 7a)

July 24, 2011
9:51 AM

Post #8712365

Wow, they turned out great. Beautiful! I love it.
What variety of strawberry did you grow?

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 24, 2011
9:56 AM

Post #8712374

Seascape

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

July 24, 2011
12:19 PM

Post #8712611

DELICIOUS!!!

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

August 7, 2011
10:12 AM

Post #8741931

Picked these just now. 16 pints. We pick 4 times a week. 11 pints Wednesday, 15 pints Friday evening. Took all of 5 minutes to sell them Saturday morning. Today's picking is for us!

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CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

August 7, 2011
10:13 AM

Post #8741934

These kitties belong to the mama in my strawberry picture.

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

August 7, 2011
5:46 PM

Post #8743048

Love how the mama cat posed for you!! And the kittens are cute!! I'm drooling over the strawberries. lol

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

August 11, 2011
4:31 AM

Post #8749919

Wow Bernie, the strawberries are gorgeous!!

Love the Mama Kitty. I have the male version. I'd love to have the kittens! Adorable!!
cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

August 11, 2011
4:04 PM

Post #8750901

Bernie, your beds are gorgeous. Our strawberries and lots of other things just burned up in the extra heat this year. I wonder how they would have done in beds like yours. Hmmm.
MyRee
Brigham City, UT
(Zone 5b)

August 29, 2011
2:20 PM

Post #8783497

I am in awe of the gardening / farming you do. It is just beautiful. Where did you order your seascape strawberries from? may i ask?
Marie

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

August 29, 2011
5:05 PM

Post #8783748

Indiana Berry Co.
Picked 16 pints today. We get that 3 times a week.
happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

September 1, 2011
12:56 PM

Post #8788840

That is amazing they produced that well all summer long, I may have missed it but I thought I read everything, how many plants did you plant?

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

September 1, 2011
6:37 PM

Post #8789364

1000. Four rows wide in a 32" wide bed. Plants about 6" apart. Runners were pinched off, but the beds are solid plants now. Still blooming & we are picking 14 to 18 pints 3X a week.
happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

September 1, 2011
7:23 PM

Post #8789447

wowzer...
cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

September 1, 2011
7:28 PM

Post #8789460

yummy, i have a granddaughter who would be very happy.

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

October 18, 2011
9:09 AM

Post #8854002

CountryGardens wrote:Four rows wide in a 32" wide bed. Plants about 6" apart. Runners were pinched off, but the beds are solid plants now. Still blooming & we are picking 14 to 18 pints 3X a week.


CountryGardens,
Could you please clarify the planting scheme above. I reviewed your first pic, and it looks like your box(es) are 32" LONG. How wide across are they each? About 24"?

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

October 18, 2011
9:35 AM

Post #8854037

4 rows across & 6" apart in the row. Rows are 5" from edge & 6" apart.
Boxes are 32" X 96" outside.

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

October 18, 2011
9:36 AM

Post #8854038

Ok. I'm booked and sold. Just ordered a batch of these:

Seascape Freshly Dug Bareroot Plant - Day-Neutral
ONLY AVAILABLE FOR NOVEMBER SHIP DATES. Freshly Dug Bareroot green plant ready for your fall planting in warmer growing climates; USDA AG Zones 6,7, 8 & 9. Released by the University of California in 1991 US Plant Patent #7614
Seascape strawberry plant produces very large, firm fruit which have good color and flavor when picked ripe. They are a medium to long conical berry with a glossy finish. It is one of our most popular varieties with a general flexibility in planting dates and areas. Seascape is a very good choice for roadside and farmer’s markets. This variety is highly tolerant of the virus diseases common in California; and is moderately susceptible to leaf rot. Day-Neutral variety. Zones 4-8

Will build at least one strawberry box in the next several weekends, as plants scheduled to ship pretty soon.

CountryGardens,
Please describe the bottom of your box for construction. Thanks!

Linda

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

October 18, 2011
9:40 AM

Post #8854040



This message was edited Oct 18, 2011 11:45 AM

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

October 18, 2011
9:44 AM

Post #8854042

Ok. I see. Each box is 4' x 8'. Got it! Thanks! So, you got about 13 plants in each of the 4 rows, yes?

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

October 18, 2011
9:56 AM

Post #8854052

Simple, 2 - 2 x 6 x 8' treated for sides. A sheet of ½", 4 x 8 treated plywood for bottom. Cut in 3 pieces 32" wide.
(32" x 48") 1 x 6 x 32" for each end. I put it together with construction screws.


Picked these this morning. Not bad for late October in Minnesota. 40º this morning, freeze tomorrow.

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Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

October 18, 2011
4:23 PM

Post #8854512

CountryGardens Girl,
You make my brain hurt! LOL! LOL! LOL!

I kept trying to figure out how the those pieces lined up to be 8' cause, by my calculation, they add up to 12'. But, TWO pieces line up to equal 8'!!!!

Thanks for exor...er, exercising this senior brain!

You drilled holes all over the bottom, right? Lined it with weed cloth to keep the soil from washing out?

Hugs!

Linda

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CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

October 18, 2011
6:35 PM

Post #8854673

No weed cloth, ½" holes.
I am a ♂.
So it's Mr. Country Gardens, but you can call me Bernie.

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

October 18, 2011
6:42 PM

Post #8854686

For over two years I thought you were a Bernice!!!

But, that's ok. I still luv yah!!!
Elena
Middle, TN
(Zone 6b)

October 18, 2011
6:54 PM

Post #8854705

You would really love this guy if you could meet him. He is the greatest!!!!

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

October 18, 2011
8:19 PM

Post #8854811

Hi, Ellen!
Elena
Middle, TN
(Zone 6b)

October 18, 2011
8:46 PM

Post #8854846

Howdy, my friend. Those tomatoes and strawberries look good enough to kill for. :>)

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

October 19, 2011
5:22 AM

Post #8855154

Linda, I got a big grin over that!!
dirtdigging101
Taylorsville, NC

October 19, 2011
5:24 AM

Post #8855155

look at that strawberries with out bending over!

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

October 19, 2011
5:28 AM

Post #8855160

It's the only way isn't it?
happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

October 19, 2011
5:40 AM

Post #8855173

Morning Mr. CountryGardens, I see you are in MN and I see those strawberries are sitting under a greenhouse, my question is, are the strawberries going to be sitting out in the open all winter, or are you covering the greenhouse?

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

October 19, 2011
5:48 AM

Post #8855184

We will start with new bare root plants in the spring.
DS & DW covered them last night to protect against freeze. Again weather liars were wrong, no frost!

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

October 19, 2011
5:50 AM

Post #8855187

Bernie, Our frost /freeze numbers keep jumping around too. I did take plants into the garage yesterday. I just decided to make my own frost date :o)
happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

October 19, 2011
6:08 AM

Post #8855200

Wait a minute you all are way north of me and I had frost, that isn't fair! rofl.

So you will just pull them out, reason being you don't think they will survive or you cut off the new plants, or?

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

October 19, 2011
7:33 AM

Post #8855309

Mr. CG,
I spoke at length with the Indiana Berry Company rep. We had a delightful conversation, and she was very patient with all my questions.

Regarding life of the plants, she said a good life expectancy would be about two years. After that, the production vigor would decline, and to just eyeball whether it's time to replace the plants.

I know ya'll are market growers who want to put the most robust product out for your buyers, so I can imagine you'd replace your plants much sooner than this little 10x10 grower would! I think 18 pints would be enough for me to handle for the whole year!
cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

October 19, 2011
7:47 AM

Post #8855331

One strawberry plant survived our horrid summer with no rain. I dug it up and planted it in a pot in the greenhouse. Maybe I'll get a strawberry from it during the winter? I would love to have those raised beds next year, the ground is so much further away than it used to be.

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

October 19, 2011
8:31 AM

Post #8855404

Have you seen this option?

http://mckarion.wordpress.com/2010/01/30/frugal-garden-strawberry-bucket/

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

October 19, 2011
12:09 PM

Post #8855740

Linda, at least you asked questions instead of just winging it. There is nothing better than your own strawberries out of the freezer in the winter.

Oh Cathy, I had to laugh over your strawberry story. I hope it puts out a nice big berry or three :o)

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

October 19, 2011
12:10 PM

Post #8855743

Linda, now that made a neat planter!
happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

October 19, 2011
2:17 PM

Post #8855965

I am just a me grower, but was just wondering if the plants would survive being planted that shallow above ground. I am amazed that they produced that well the first year, I thought the first year plants didn't do as well as they would the second. Thanks for answering me.

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

October 19, 2011
2:25 PM

Post #8855983

I described CountryGardens' strawberry bed to the "expert" at the Indiana Berry Company, including the depth of the soil (4"), and she said that was fine. I guess if CG is getting that kind of production from plants in 4" of soil, the proof is under the ice cream in his pic!

A picture speaks a thousand words. In this case, a THOUSAND strawberry plants that are producing out the Wazoo are screaming -- "Plant me!" "Plant me"!!
happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

October 19, 2011
2:28 PM

Post #8855990

Sorry I meant above ground and survive the winter. Minor detail there..rofl.
If strawberries produce that well in one year and I am only planting enough for me, it is not a major cost to plant every year, but I was just curious if they would survive a zone 5 winter.

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

October 19, 2011
2:38 PM

Post #8856005

Happygarden,
The IBC expert told me that as long as your strawberry plant has blooms BEFORE any minor freezes, the fruit should ripen after the frost passes, if the plant doesn't freeze to death.

Also, you CAN protect your tender strawberry plants from short-term frosts. I plan to put mine under a hoop with some lights for warmth, if necessary. We have only a couple to 7 days of temps that might dip into the low 30s. Last year we had four nights in a row of temps in the mid-20s. LOTS of excitement here! Usually, we have a dip here, a dip there. Nothing sustained like you might have.

Hope this helps.

P.S. The good thing about that strawberry eBucket is its PORTABILITY! If it gets too cold, pick it up and bring it into the garage...^:-)^

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

October 19, 2011
3:00 PM

Post #8856052

We had some of this variety planted in the ground a few years ago. They survived our Zone 4 winter very well.
If you are planting in the ground, leave some new runners to get started for the next years crop.
Remember these are day neutral & they handle different than June berries.
happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

October 19, 2011
4:36 PM

Post #8856218

Ohhh, I will have to look up day neutral, I am a newbie to all this.

Gymgirl, we have a couple more days than you in the 20's...rofl, most of the time any more I am happy if we can hit a high of 20! Last winter was brutal here, I have some strawberries that a friend gave me and they did wonderful, but I really like the raised bed idea.

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

October 20, 2011
5:40 AM

Post #8856805

Happ, if planted in the ground, cover them with straw to stop them from heaving. That's the death of the plants here. I'd love to have room for a ''raised'' bed :o) What could be more perfect?

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

October 20, 2011
5:53 AM

Post #8856816

Covered the beds with blankets overnight. Temp was 26º this morning. Later today will see how they fared.

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

October 20, 2011
5:58 AM

Post #8856827

It will be interesting. This was the first year you planted them in the boxes isn't it?
happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

October 20, 2011
6:33 AM

Post #8856861

I have learned so much from this forum, I want to thank you for showing us and sharing, I think I will build a raised strawberry bed this winter for spring. I have two concrete block raised beds already (I can sit on the edge and pick vegs), think I will try your plan this time. I had also found this setup somewhere which might be viable.

I have strawberries in the ground and they do great, but not knowing how bad they spread I put them in flower beds...good mulch...rofl, but a little agressive and really hard to pick the strawberries especially among the rose bush... ouch!

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billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

October 21, 2011
3:27 AM

Post #8857825


Happ, I have no doubt you will build yourself something :o)

Well, you know where you can get all your new runners from to plant, LOL!
CricketsGarden
Nauvoo, AL
(Zone 7a)

January 10, 2012
6:09 PM

Post #8962606

I still love your set up Bernie.
I visit every now and then to dream.
I have one bed of strawberries in the back yard.
They use to bear huge strawberries but they are also only June bearing .
The guineas eat them before we have a chance to harvest one red strawberry.
As soon as they start to turn colors...the guineas are having breakfast.
Netting===I am thinking about it. But...not sure that little patch is worth the effort.
I want a patch like yours.
lonejack
Longview, WA
(Zone 8b)

February 2, 2012
8:27 PM

Post #8992835

Hi all,
I am having a Great time reading about your success in Strawberry land, CG. I have just moved into a new home in Western Washington.
I had been trying to grow a garden on Firwood Road, in Oregon. Yes, the fir trees were 90 feet tall all around the house.
Now, I get good Southern exposure about 7 to 8 hours a day. Many new possibilities.

I read with interest your posts on the raised beds. Great way to grow strawberries. Here is a way I discovered a few years ago to grow many things. They grow strawberries commercially in California with these. They do start the year with new plants. It cuts down on disease and gives them new vigorous plants.
Here is the link:

http://www.agrotower.com/default.aspx

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CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

February 3, 2012
5:43 AM

Post #8993043

I wonder how long it takes to set up for that picture ?
Notice those berries close to the ground, who will get to bend over & pick them ?
Those towers are mighty expensive!

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

February 3, 2012
6:18 AM

Post #8993080

very interesting tower, but yes pricey. It is strawberry season here in Central Florida, I grow a few for fun, but can buy them so darn cheap since we are so close to Plant City where they are grown. When the boys were little we used to go picking them, now that was fun, but they stopped that due to insurance regulations, so can't do that now.

I have a pink flowered strawberry plant this year, got some berries on it. My other two are in hanging baskets and are sporting a few berries now.

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Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

February 3, 2012
10:30 AM

Post #8993315

Here's my strawberry tower...

Question. Should I be snipping off the blooms so the foliage continues to bush out, or just leave them alone? Where do the berries produce from? The little white blooms?

These are the Seascapes that Countrygardens has planted.

Linda

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Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

February 3, 2012
10:30 AM

Post #8993316

Lookie.

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CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

February 3, 2012
11:14 AM

Post #8993359

Snipe off the bloom & you are short a strawberry!

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

February 3, 2012
2:04 PM

Post #8993565

Oh, shoot! Thanks.
CricketsGarden
Nauvoo, AL
(Zone 7a)

February 4, 2012
6:02 AM

Post #8994229

lol, did you notice in that first tower pic that 90 percent of the strawberries look just alike.

I want easy table top strawberry garden...not ready for that construction yet...but one day soon!!!!
lonejack
Longview, WA
(Zone 8b)

February 4, 2012
5:18 PM

Post #8994881

Hi all,
If You go to the site, you will see that the towers are a little expensive; if you use them one or two years and
throw them away.
I owned 26 layers or bins for 12 years and sold them before I moved. I wished I had kept them. They are so versatile that
I could raise anything I wished in them. I just learned how to use a drip system with fertilizer injector.
The last few years I used a plastic cable spool under the stack to keep the bottom layer off of the ground. I even hung a
couple of towers from my eave and had Great Luck with strawberries. If You have a side of the house that gets a lot of
sun, but don't have any growing room, these towers work great.
Now I am working on a system of 5 gallon buckets that will work just as well. They won't be as durable but they will surely be
cheaper, now I have sold my towers. I go to local restaurants and get food buckets for nothing; some are square and others are
round. I will paint the buckets because I want to put them in the front of the house where the public will see them. My grandkids
will paint flowers and bugs on them to decorate them.
Paul.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

February 4, 2012
8:33 PM

Post #8995055

We used 5 gallon buckets years ago for tomatoes inside the greenhouse. 2 plants per bucket. Took 3x a day watering once they got around 8 ft high. Didn't have a drip system then.
lonejack
Longview, WA
(Zone 8b)

February 4, 2012
9:18 PM

Post #8995095

I am setting up an Aquaponic system, using the fish pond that came with our new home. I will pump the water out of the fish pond to a raised tank so the ammonia in the water will change from nitrites to nitrates. Then I will flow into the hanging grow buckets filled with coir/vermiculite/charcoal/volcanic rock powder and worms. From there into wading pools with floating plant rafts and back to the fish pond.
My fish pond is approximately 1000 gal. I will begin by using cheap gold fish because I am sure I will have something go amiss at first.
I eventually want to raise yellow perch in the fish pond. I will probably continue with some gold fish because the grandkids love to watch them. They are easy to see.
I am sure glad we are having warm weather this late winter so I can get things set up.
When I get things set up, I will be sure to forward pictures.
I have several growing systems starting at once, well, one at a time, with some overlap because I will be waiting on some things to move along while I work on other things; Aquaponics, grow-buckets, straw-bales and containers.
Paul
CricketsGarden
Nauvoo, AL
(Zone 7a)

February 4, 2012
9:36 PM

Post #8995107

Paul, are you stacking the buckets to make a tower? for strawberries?

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

February 5, 2012
6:41 AM

Post #8995310

Paul I look forward to your photos, I'm intrigued. I have a small garden and not much room, so the five gallon buckets for tomatoes or strawberries look very interesting.
CricketsGarden
Nauvoo, AL
(Zone 7a)

February 5, 2012
12:16 PM

Post #8995635

Bernie. I couldn't make myself order Seascape. I love the description but they are patented. That's not good for me.
I did order Quinault. only 300 plants for production. I figure that is a good start for me.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

February 5, 2012
1:00 PM

Post #8995685

What difference does that make ?
CricketsGarden
Nauvoo, AL
(Zone 7a)

February 5, 2012
2:48 PM

Post #8995805

difference in patented and not patented...if its patented you cannot propagate from the mother plant ordered. You can only grow the mother plant that was ordered. Which means you can't grow or sell the extra plants.
Is that what you mean by " What difference does that make"?

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

February 5, 2012
4:41 PM

Post #8995899

I buy new plants every year. They freeze out in the boxes. Also toss all old soil & start fresh.
quiltygirl
No Central, AZ
(Zone 7b)

February 28, 2012
8:49 AM

Post #9023244

Hey guys, just found this thread and have really enjoyed it. I want to try strawberries - again. Last year at our RU, I received about 3 plants and I planted them in a window box sitting on a table. I did get a couple berries, but then they just burned up. They were watered frequently. Too frequently? We can get HOT here in summer. Nothing Gymgirl knows about, huh Linda? This weekend I bought a bag of 10 Sequoia starts at HD, so want to get them going.

I am just loving those long 'tables' CG has. I was thinking if only 1 table/bed was built, that it would need extra support underneath, so as not to be able to knock it over. I was thinking I might be able to have some shade needing stuff planted under them, like what? Wish we had a good saw. I want to make so much stuff, raised beds, etc. Planting in-ground is difficult what with gophers and needing to use wire mesh 'baskets' or spread the mesh for lengths underground.

Those Agrotowers look very interesting too. Yes, pricey, but if they last for many years they would be worth it. The web page mentions irrigation can be run down the middle? So a soaker hose, I guess? So, maybe they should be elevated on blocks so the hose could come out/go in from bottom. Maybe a PVC pipe drilled with holes that a hose could be attached to at the top. Would not be as attractive as the photos, but keep them from drying out.

I have never made e-buckets. I think you are e-bucket queen, Linda? What did you use to drill the side holes? The holes look a bit smaller than the website you linked. I like the idea of painting the buckets. E-buckets or towers would need to fenced somehow to keep the bunnies out.

Then there is the horse DH like to let out to run 'free' occasionally. Gotta make him stop that before getting this season's stuff going.

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

February 28, 2012
11:06 AM

Post #9023359

QG,
I used a 6.5 gallon bucket, and drilled holes with a 1'' or 1.5" hole bit. Just offset each row so the holes are staggered.

I got all 25 holes drilled in the bucket. Followed the instructions on the eBuckets site that Gessieviolet has.

Here's an update on that bucket.

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quiltygirl
No Central, AZ
(Zone 7b)

February 28, 2012
7:23 PM

Post #9024005

GG- what do you have it sitting on? Do you have wild rabbits?

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

February 28, 2012
8:10 PM

Post #9024045

LOL! No rabbits. It's sitting on my concrete garden bench. So far, the squirrels haven't bothered it either.
quiltygirl
No Central, AZ
(Zone 7b)

February 29, 2012
9:40 AM

Post #9024546

Hey, I was just reading Sunday's paper ads and Big Lots has those Topsy Turvy Upside down planting things for strawberries $2.50 ea). Had not seen those before. They also have a stand to hang them from that is just over 5 ft tall and holds 2 planters.

Anyone seen/tried these?
CricketsGarden
Nauvoo, AL
(Zone 7a)

March 1, 2012
8:12 PM

Post #9026569

I am trying them out right now... but I didn't hear of the strawberry turvys on sale at big lots. ... I got mine on sale online at AceHardware... $1.99 ..free shipping if delivered to local store for pick up.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

March 1, 2012
8:30 PM

Post #9026588

ust finished off a bowl of berries with whipped cream on them. Yummy.

Why is it everything has got to be a gimmick ? Like raising tomatoes upside down. What does it do ? Doesn't save space. I wonder how many plants have broken when they get heavy with tomatoes.

Somebodies worried about rabbits in the pots with berries hanging out the sides. I don't worry about rabbits, they can't jump 3 feet high. We did have deer feeding in there one night. We can stand that.

My plants get to big to work in the side pots by the way.

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

March 2, 2012
7:16 AM

Post #9026877

Lookie what I found when I got home...the Strawberry eBuckets work. Either that, or the Strawberry fairy decided I've been good this week...

Will DEFINITELY be constructing more berry buckets in September!

This was toooooooooooooooooooooooooo EZ!

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Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

March 2, 2012
7:21 AM

Post #9026886

Countrygardens,
I have runners on the plant, dropping around the outside of the bucket. Since the runners don't touch the ground or any soil, could you advise me on how to root suckets for next September?

I could put a flat of potting soil on the ground underneath the bench, and train the suckers to find it. They might catch hold and take root in the flat.

Thanks!

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

March 17, 2012
6:49 AM

Post #9045905

We are busy getting ready for the coming season.
Here we are building boxes.
Second photo is the completed first row.
We are going to plant 2000 plants this year. 1000 last year.
Bernie

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quiltygirl
No Central, AZ
(Zone 7b)

March 17, 2012
9:40 AM

Post #9046035

That is alot of work. Considering the dates, shouldn't there be snow on the ground in MN? Pretty warm winter across the country! Bought some bags of berry starts and have 2 Topsy Turvey strawberry bags at Ace waiting to be picked up. Too wet today (thankful to finally have rain). Three days of temps in SoCal lower than in the north and northeast states! Go figure.
CricketsGarden
Nauvoo, AL
(Zone 7a)

March 21, 2012
1:55 PM

Post #9051674

I planted a few strawberries in my table top gardens and I hope they put off a lot of runners.
Then I have some in concrete block holes and the runners can spread over into the main bed area.
Then I have 26 strawberry turvys.
Slowly but surely, I will have to gradually build my stock of strawberry plants.

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Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

March 21, 2012
3:33 PM

Post #9051812

Cricket,
Are these new Seascapes? Mine in the one eBucket are doing nicely. Should I be fertilizing with something?

Thanks!
quiltygirl
No Central, AZ
(Zone 7b)

March 26, 2012
8:47 AM

Post #9057468

Crickets - Oh my, 26 Turveys? Where do you hang them all? Please share some photos that show how they hang. That is a lot of weight, no? I picked my 2 up from Ace and have 2 bags of 10 starts each, so need to plant.
CricketsGarden
Nauvoo, AL
(Zone 7a)

March 28, 2012
7:59 PM

Post #9061262

I had 26 turvys but mom just had to have one.

sorry it took me so long to respond.

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CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

March 28, 2012
9:17 PM

Post #9061325

Our plants arrived today. Some are planted already.
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

March 29, 2012
7:50 AM

Post #9061691

Cricket, I like the look of the Turveys... more room for roots than the "grow bags" I've seen. I did just plant up a pair of grow bags but skipped a couple sets of planting holes for fewer plants per bag.
quiltygirl
No Central, AZ
(Zone 7b)

March 29, 2012
8:07 PM

Post #9062660

Crickets you have a great set up! What do you use to go from the triangular 'ring' to attach to the pole.

I had bought strawberry starts in those 10 in a bag deals (2 bags) that HD had. They look like dried up tuffs of nothing when you get the rubber bands off. But, i went ahead and planted them in the holes of the turvys. I had moistened the soil but had not done a heavy watering yet and that bag WEIGHED A TON! I had a little clamp on the triangle in order to fit the bag on the shepherd's hook. I cannot hang it though until I have the 2 bags ready as the post started to buckle. Don't know if it will work anyway. Hmmm. Plus a gallon of water a day it recommends? Wow. I have it sitting on a chair until I figure this out. I was thinking a pergola type of deal would work great, but not with that screw they provide.

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CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

March 29, 2012
8:33 PM

Post #9062700

We have about half of our plants in the trays. They are getting watered nicely tonight. It's been raining since about 7 PM.
Need to get more soil to fill the rest of the trays.
The ones we planted yesterday already have green leaves.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 8, 2012
5:56 PM

Post #9116343

Bringing up to date.

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

May 8, 2012
6:11 PM

Post #9116370



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This message was edited May 9, 2012 8:49 AM

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 9, 2012
5:17 AM

Post #9116826

We planted the beds March 29 & 30.
They are starting to bloom now. Can't hardly wait for the berries.

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Kydaylilylady
Waddy, KY

May 9, 2012
5:57 AM

Post #9116886

Bernie, what kind of production did you get for the year off last year's crop? It must have been economically feasible because you're doing it again.

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

May 9, 2012
6:50 AM

Post #9116972

Thanks, Countrygardens!! (Forgive me for calling you Cricket! We've been having so many conversations lately...)

Well, my Seascapes are wonderfully green and lush, but production has slowed to a crawl. I think 25 plants in the one 5-gallon eBucket might have taxed the system to the max. Next time I'll plant only half as many in one bucket.

I applied bone meal periodically, and MG Water Soluble Plant Food once a week. This was my fertilizer routine. As they slowed down, I noticed the berries were getting smaller and more bitter.

Any comments on what I could do better next time would be appreciated.

Thanks, again!

Linda

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 19, 2012
8:00 AM

Post #9211277

Been awhile since I updated this thread.
May 25th was first picking. Had a high of 29 pints on a picking. We pick Monday, Wednesday, Friday evenings & sometimes Sunday morning depending on weather.
They slowed a little around July 1, 8 pints was smallest picking.
We trimmed off runners for a good 3 weeks. Now they are re-blooming & have tremendous amount of fruit.
Picked 42 pints last evening.

Birds were giving us a bad time, so we put netting over the beds. The only other problem are picnic bugs. Only if you miss one & it gets overripe.

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GordonHawk
Brooklyn, NY
(Zone 7b)

July 24, 2012
10:33 AM

Post #9216936

yes.. got to keep them picked... don'y get that many on the roof... but some every day is nice..

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CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 24, 2012
11:01 AM

Post #9216965

Good in the bowl, too.

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