The pics are the pictorial history of the ONE strawberry eBucket I constructed. It has a self-watering reservoir in the bottom of the bucket, so the plant can drink at will. I just keep the reservoir filled every couple of days...
I will have MANY more Strawberry eBuckets in November!
that canvas shoe cubby idea might solve my chipmunk problem. Although they could probably run right up it. But probably not if I hung it high enough off the ground. I might try it, because no matter how hard I try to cover mine with a net and TOTALLY seal it up, they get in. Great idea!
Both are great ideas!! Gymgirl, how big is your bucket? What variety of strawberry are you using? I'm thinking I could drill holes in some of my already self-watering pots and just plant strawberries there.
The Strawberry eBucket is a 6.5 gallon bucket. I have a friend who knows a pool man who saves the chlorine tablet buckets for me. (To date, I've seen NO ill effects on my veggies from using these buckets.)
I just made a reservoir in the bottom with the overturned colander and drilled staggered rows of 1" holes. Planting the bare root "Seascape" strawberry plants from The Berry Farm was the most challenging. I taped a square of weed block over each hole, then loaded a layer of potting mix to right below the hole. Next, I cut an "x" in the weed block square and fed the bare root plants in horizontally, laying them on the bed of potting mix. Then I dropped more potting mix in to cover the roots, and built up to the next layer.
Will have many more Berry eBuckets in November. I put 25 plants in the one bucket. Next time I may only do 12 plants in each bucket to give them more sun space.
Gymgirl, your buckets continue to amaze. I absolutely need to make some friends in the fast food industry and with some pool guys...
It absolutely did not want to cooperate today, but tomorrow I will take pictures of the myriad blossoms that are coming from the berry plants. Yes, I know I started a bit late, but they really are going like gangbusters.
I couldn't resist, I just planted one myself, totally stealing your idea Hastur. My fence is low, so I cut mine in half. I've only planted the top half so far, have to put some grommets in the bottom half. Here's a pic:
Those shoe-berry bins are awesome! I have pups growing off my current eBerry Bucket, and this might be the time to collect some shoe-berry bins so I can be ready to root the pups for the fall. Countrygardens told me they only take about a month to get established, so great timing guys!
P.S. If you've never grown strawberries before, here're some observations I've made with mine.
►The more sun hitting the leaves, the better, and the shoe-berry bins allow for more surface.
►Try not to wet the leaves when you water.
►Keep them moist.
►The quicker you pick the ripe berries, the quicker the plant sets the next flush of berries
►Feed them regularly. I picked up a bag of Ammonium Sulfate (high Nitrogen), and Bone Meal, and sprinkle lightly once every two weeks, then water in well.
►Countrygardens uses mostly Miracle Grow Potting soil, with old spent peat type stuff mixed in for planting, and fertilizes with 19-19-19.
Ok, I'm another that wants to use your idea. That is incredible and so timely for me to find this threat today, as i just found a package of strawberry seeds. I don't know if they are any good, but I'm panting and will see how this goes. I'm in a rental house and the owner doesn't want his lawn dug up for any gardening, so I could hand this and not interfer with his lawn. LOL
thank you for sharing it.
thank you for the info and the link. I've grown strawberries when I was a kid with my grandmother, so this information will really help me to have a better chance of success.