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Strawberry Patch ?s
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DJ    Posted 04-09-2002 at 07:10:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
I visited the archives to find public opinion about how to properly set the strawberry patch.

Since there isn't one here, I thought it would be nice to hear from you folks on this topic.

I bought 24 plants at the walmart yesterday. My mamow used sand in her soil and built up hills for each plant and mulched it with pine needles.

Does this sound like the way to go, or will cedar mulch do? Does sand sound right?

Spence    Posted 04-10-2002 at 06:10:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just a note from bad experience. Get a nylon
mesh to cover your plants just before they get ripe or the birds will get 'em.

They sell the 1/2in X 30ft X 7Ft mesh at those dollar stores, really cheap. Just put stakes in the ground to hold it off the ground a few inches.
Can be re-used as you will.

PCC-AL    Posted 04-09-2002 at 07:21:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi DJ,
I think that you are right on the money. My grandmother had a great strawberry patch when I was a kid. The soil was very sandy and she made little hills with pine straw around each plant. I don't recall how close the plants were in the row, but I think it was about 24 inches.
I'm not sure about cedar, but it may work. I think that the function of the straw is to help hold moisture around the plant and to protect the berries from touching the ground. Just my guess. Good luck and make us a strawberry shortcake.

DJ    Posted 04-09-2002 at 07:31:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
What part of Alabama are you from? My husband is from Limestone county. It's a beautiful state.

PCC-AL    Posted 04-09-2002 at 07:51:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi DJ,
I'm down in southeast Alabama, not too far from Dothan. I forgot to mention that I often go to Florida and down in the panhandle, there is a home with a large strawberry field next to the road. The soil looks to be the gray sandy type that I refer to as crawfish dirt. Anyway, this guy raises lots of strawberries as I have noticed his field for a couple of years. His operation is a pick your own. Good luck.

Sammie    Posted 04-09-2002 at 09:13:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was stationed at Ft. Rucker down your way about 20 years ago and just loved it!!! But I must say that the thing I missed the most was being able to sit on the grass or even stand in one place very long!! lol ANTS - BIG ANTS!! And they love that sandy soil but grass doesn't grow worth a darn in it.

When I worked in a greenhouse, and mixed soil for my strawberries, I put in 1 1/2 parts sand, 1 part vermiculite and 1 part compost and a pinch of Miracle Grow plant food (same mix I used for my carrot bed). I always clipped the first runners on my starts so the parent plan would grow bigger before I started runners. When the runners had their own roots, I cut the runners from the parent plant but in a bed you wouldn't have to do that.

DJ    Posted 04-09-2002 at 17:55:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Can I use the runners with roots to make big plants? If so, do I just give them their own pot?

Sammie    Posted 04-09-2002 at 18:55:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes, the runners will shoot out looking for soil. When they get about 3 small leaves on them you can either train them into the row where you want them if you are planting in the ground leaving them connected to the parent plant or put them in their own container, use a little horseshoe shaped clip made of wire to hold it down into the soil til it roots (don't cut the runner yet). If you are using small peat pots, when the roots start growing out of the bottom of the pot, you can clip the shoot from the parent plant and transplant them into a pot til they get more roots, then transplant them into your garden.

There were times I was so busy that I didn't have time to pot up the runners so by the time I got to them, there would be like 3 or 4 in a row - the runners made runners!! You can do that too but be sure not to cut the parent before they all have roots enough to sustain itself.

The variety I was raising was food for the insects and didn't bear fruit. If you cut the runners back, the plants will put it's energy into roots and tops and I assume, fruit. If you leave the runners, it makes more plants. They multiply quickly as a rule.

DJ    Posted 04-09-2002 at 19:14:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Very interesting. Thank-you Sammie.


Sammie    Posted 04-09-2002 at 22:47:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
sure thing. I LOVED growing strawberries!! Loved my greenhouse too. Wish the people funding my job loved me!! lol No money invested in Ag research this year.

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