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Produce => Edible Plants => Topic started by: AnnieD on June 25, 2020, 19:59:07

Title: growing strawberries
Post by: AnnieD on June 25, 2020, 19:59:07
My strawberries don't do well on the ground and are such a lot of work to look after. I put a few plants in a pot, the fruits hung over the edge, they ripened beautifully and didn't get eaten. So I want to have a go at growing strawberries in a tall trough type container. Had a look online, they seem very expensive. Any recommendations?
Title: Re: growing strawberries
Post by: Obelixx on June 25, 2020, 20:19:40
I've put our new strawberry plants in a raised bed kit we bought cheap last year.  It's about 1.5m square and 25cms high and cost about 20.   You could knock one up with some timber or make a trough shape.   
Title: Re: growing strawberries
Post by: saddad on June 25, 2020, 21:58:46
I grow mine in a double stack of tyres... so they are about two foot up from the ground... settling can be a problem for the first couple of years and it's not very pretty... but they are free!
Title: Re: growing strawberries
Post by: picman on June 30, 2020, 08:31:42
We have tried a few containers for strawberries, (A) Timber (painted OSB sheet and polythene lined ) box raised up 24 " on 2"x2" legs, box was  8' by 2' by 10" worked well , plants near each side so fruits hang over. Pros.. Bit expensive,( you could recycle scrap timber ) , easy to water (lots)  and keep clear of pests, keeps going for 3 years or more ( change plants after 3 years ) . Cons, (400ltr) loads of compost required , liable to attack by vine weevil, and in our case squirrels. (B) Strawberry grow bags on raised timber slats  6 /8  plants per bag, in a netted fruit cage    Pros. easy to access , and protect, fruited well , Cons, only good for one year , hard to keep water right , ants ! .late frost will cause problems so need protection. ( C) as (B) but the grow bags sit in gravel trays to aid watering Cons, heavy rain and they swim . Our next years plan ... timber boxes  9" x  9" by 6 or 8 feet ,with drainage holes , up on posts 3' where we had the grow bags, a length 15mm plastic of water pipe with holes runs along the top to assist watering.... strawberries seem to fruit better if stressed a little, soil wise, too much you seem to get leaves , but not much flowering.