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Imagebitbit
Apr 14, 2011 7:41 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
They're one of my favorite things to grow, both because they grow well with minimal work and because they're one of my favorite things to eat.

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Mine are in full flower right now, so the first fruits shouldn't be too far off. I have mostly June-bearing, though around here they should be called May-bearing.
Imagestormyla
Apr 14, 2011 11:46 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Very nice Bit Bit. I've never grown them because we have so many growing wild here. My neighbor grows them and hers are quite yummie.
Imagebitbit
May 2, 2011 10:08 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Harvest season has begun! I'm getting 3-4 cups a day now, and they're delicious.

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I think these have been one of the easiest and most satisfying crops I've ever grown. I'm hooked.
AlohaHoya
May 7, 2011 12:06 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Do you think that they would work grown in hanging pots? Or in raised beds? I want to try to be serious about growing them this time.... What do they REALLY need to be happy?
Leap. The net will appear.
Imagestormyla
May 7, 2011 4:26 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Carol, A lot of people grow them in those Topsy Turvy hanging containers.

http://www.topsygardening.com/10/products/index.php
Imagebitbit
May 7, 2011 9:18 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
They require very little care around here. The entire bed I have (there's a photo in the article I wrote, it's about 30' by 3') came from just four plant starts I bought last year. I think they must love this climate. I only water them if it gets seriously droughty, and gave them one round of chicken poo and seaweed extract in early spring when they were setting flowers.

I've heard they don't need a lot of root space, so I planted them in shallow containers (6" or so). They grew beautifully, but when I took them out, they looked pretty rootbound.

They're perennial, and they spread a lot, so definitely keep them contained in some way or they can take over. They definitely do well in containers, and I don't see why they wouldn't in a raised bed - as long as you don't plan on ever using that bed for anything else.
ImageRetSgt
May 7, 2011 9:57 AM CST
Name: Sarge
Live Life You may not be here tomor
here is the best answer i can give you about growing Berries in a raised bed .

http://www.berryboss.com/services.htm

the BBI folks are kin folks .here is another site location that you can make an inquiry about growing berries .

http://www.berryboss.com/serv01.htm

Sarge
Imagequiltygirl
May 15, 2011 10:00 AM CST
Name: Lynda
Wildomar, CA Zone 9a
Wow, Sarge, that is a lot of berries and a LOT of raised beds. Sure would make it easier to pick!!!
ImageCajuninKy
May 15, 2011 8:55 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
I love strawberries. My Mom and Dad were berry farmers. The little area I am from is called Ponchatoula, La and it is the strawberry capital of the world. Everybody there grows berries. Lots of family farms. I have mine is raised beds and they are doing well. Just starting to get ripe but I am having a fight with the striped chipmunks. Going to put rat poison out for them. They are also digging up my onions and my beans. Nasty trashy things. They are not big enough to eat.

My favorite way to eat strawberries is mashed up with sugar and pet (canned) milk. Mmm

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Imagestormyla
May 15, 2011 9:31 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Cheryl, are those three different types in the various containers? What do you have those crates lined with?
ImageCajuninKy
May 15, 2011 9:44 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
They are all the same. I just didn't have room to put them all together. The bread trays are lined with empty horse feed sacks.
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Imagestormyla
May 16, 2011 7:55 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Cheryl, you certainly are one resourceful gal! Thumbs up
AlohaHoya
May 16, 2011 11:36 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
What a great!!!!! idea to grow your sberries, Cheryl. I can do that!!!! I can put the trays on TOP of large pots....paint a band of 'Tanglefoot' around the pot to keep the slugs/snails from getting to them!!!!!

Thanks!!!!
Leap. The net will appear.
Imagestormyla
May 16, 2011 11:40 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Carol, What is Tanglefoot? Please do tell!!!
AlohaHoya
May 16, 2011 11:53 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Tanglefoot is a gooey stuff, like vasaline, that is sold to block air from prunings etc.....you could use tar. Painting a band around a pot makes it impossible for slugs/snails to cross. I was worried that my little anoles/ghekos would get caught in it but they are too smart.....HTH
Leap. The net will appear.
Imagestormyla
May 16, 2011 12:01 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Thanks, Carol. I was hoping that it was something that I could protect my Hosta with. Dadburned slugs. Grumbling Grumbling
ImageCajuninKy
May 16, 2011 2:45 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
I put saucers of beer out for the slugs.

I picked a handful of ripe strawberries a bit ago. I mashed them with the bottom of a glass, added sugar and Pet ( canned) milk and enjoyed a small feast. I wish I had a crab boiler full of the stuff. Mmm
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Imagesallyg
May 16, 2011 7:31 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
This is my first bearing year from a patch of everbearing Tristars. From that litte cylinder of two dozen starts last year, I now have a full patch , three rows about seven feet long. If all goes well I will have a million berries in a couple weeks!
Its incredible how strawberrries spread
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagestormyla
May 16, 2011 8:35 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I have 3 kinds of strawberry plants. One has runners. The other two don't.
AlohaHoya
May 16, 2011 8:44 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Brilliant... how deep are the bread trays? I have an idea forming in brain...if it works I'll share... Rolling my eyes.
Leap. The net will appear.

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