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!!
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.
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.
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.
Please describe the bottom of your box for construction. Thanks!
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?
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!
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.
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.
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"!!
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.
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...^^
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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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"?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.