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Kisal posted an interesting link about strawberries [url=https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=134091&highlight=strawberries#134091]here[/url].
Someone else -- I'm sorry I've forgotten who -- posted this link: https://www.nal.usda.gov/pgdic/Strawberry/book/bokelev.htm

These may explain the cultural differences in pinching/not pinching blossoms and varying successes.

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Here is my little side by side experiment. Two 20ft strawberry rows. One with plastic and one without. Both are planted with SeaScape, day neutrals. Same type of soil and fertilizer regiment.

[img]https://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h300/eric_wa/DSC02178.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h300/eric_wa/DSC02179.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h300/eric_wa/DSC02181.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h300/eric_wa/DSC02175.jpg[/img]

So far I've noticed, Earlier fruit on the plastic covered row, but bigger healthier plants on the non-plastic row. I believe if I also covered the plastic mulched row, I probably would have ripe fruit by now. I will finsh building the low tunnels to prolong production into the fall.

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Three years in with little to no fruit, meaning maybe a handful all season.

Something happened to my strawberries over the winter because there is a bunch of berries out there right now. I picked one a few day's ago but tossed it because something else was nibbling on it before I got there. But there are a bunch of half ripe ones just waiting to pop. Maybe if the sun will come out they will do something.

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California here. I have about 10 planets and I'm getting about 6 ripe strawberries a day right now. My little girl is eating most them before we get them to the house!

They are super sweet and very good.

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Okay, I had a mystery. After the chickens took the berries still green off of the plants and dropped them, right where they picked them.

I put chicken wire over the rock tower that my main strawberries are in. But the cages were not a perfect fit. They were good enough to keep chickens and birds out though.

I had 2 berries, good sized ripening, and I was planning on getting them the next day. I count my strawberry harvest by the berry, 2 would be a big year! Usually slugs get them, but too dry this spring for them. So, I was excited! I went out there, nothing, I mean notta. The stems were neatly sliced! Grrr. I asked everyone if they got my strawberries. Nope.

So I waited and watched, nothing unusual. And the strawberries are still covered with green ones, a few showing pink.

I read in another forum of mystery disappearances of strawberries.
There are lots of critters that like them. Of course, we know of slugs, and my chickens, birds, and get this... squirrels. The little rascals, I know that I have several living in an old tree beside the garden. It never even occured to me that they would steal my berries. But, when I look at how the cage doesn't completely meet... perfect for a squirrel to climb in. Then just bite the stem, berry in mouth and back out... no footprints, since it could climb on the inside of the wire!

I have everbearers, so all is not lost! I will simply have to squirrel proof. Then they also mentioned that mice will steal them too. Sheesh, how does one mouse proof... hardware cloth or screen wire?

No wonder, once the blackberries get loaded I get more strawberries, the little guys have been stealing them! I am not being mean here, I have 3 beds of them! I will share, but I want one of the three!
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I started 3 plants this year and the plants look good and I have a few blooms that have tiny green berries in them. I don't expect we will be eating any before mid june
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Just blooming and starting to form fruit, shouldn't be long now!
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Ddog is there a difference between production with the plastic and the hay covered berries?

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I have a couple of rows of strawberries under these:
[img]https://demandware.edgesuite.net/aabf_prd/on/demandware.static/Sites-Gardeners-Site/Sites-GSC_Products/default/v1273845137210/Products/37-439.jpg[/img]
https://www.gardeners.com/Insect-Netting-with-Hoops/37-439,default,pd.html

It's supposed to keep out insects, but it also holds the heat in. I left the end/ends open until the berries started to ripen -- now the robins get bold enough to hop into the tunnel, so I have both ends closed and I'm planning to make new tunnels out of chicken wire based on Ozark Lady's design.

ANYWAY. The ones in the tunnels have been giving us a handful of berries for almost a week now while the uncovered ones are just starting to blush.

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tomf,
Ddog is there a difference between production with the plastic and the hay covered berries
I'll have to tell you at the end of the season. This is my first year with plastic. It has definitley cut down on the weeding.

I'm thinking it will increase the production by earlier fruiting and extending the season further into the fall.

I'm welding up rebar low tunnels, black water pipe hoops and covered with deer fencing. These will be covered with greenhouse plastic in the fall.
[img]https://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h300/eric_wa/Metal%20Work/DSC01677-1.jpg[/img]
[img]https://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h300/eric_wa/Metal%20Work/DSC01680.jpg[/img]
[img]https://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h300/eric_wa/Metal%20Work/DSC01624.jpg[/img]

I've already made six of theses for my brother.

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The tunnels that I make are easy, I just measure some flexible pvc the length that I want, usually my beds are 4' so I just measure so I have a nice arch there. Then cut up the whole roll into those lengths.

Then I get chicken wire, some in 24" and some in 36" lengths. I simply weave the flexible pvc through the chicken wire, one pipe on each end, and have tunnels. I do have to cover the ends of a few. My beds are 8' so I use two 36" panels and one 24", or just all 4 as the 24" ones.

But, they are light weight easy to move, and I find they even stand well on plain ground not in the beds. But I can also add legs to them for height later in the season... all removable for storage!

I am finding them difficult to attach plastic to, though, have to think on that one some more. But for shade, just throw an old curtain over one and you are done, same works with frost protection in the fall, I throw a tarp over the panels and have a covered bed. Just haven't figured out how to make them a cold frame with plastic on them yet.
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DoubleDogFarm wrote:tomf,
Ddog is there a difference between production with the plastic and the hay covered berries
I'll have to tell you at the end of the season. This is my first year with plastic. It has definitley cut down on the weeding.

I'm thinking it will increase the production by earlier fruiting and extending the season further into the fall.

I'm welding up rebar low tunnels, black water pipe hoops and covered with deer fencing. These will be covered with greenhouse plastic in the fall.
[img]https://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h300/eric_wa/Metal%20Work/DSC01677-1.jpg[/img]
[img]https://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h300/eric_wa/Metal%20Work/DSC01680.jpg[/img]
[img]https://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h300/eric_wa/Metal%20Work/DSC01624.jpg[/img]

I've already made six of theses for my brother.
Those are nice lookin! :D

somegeek

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Well thank you, thank you very much, :wink: That's my best Elvis :lol:

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We put together this bed for some of our strawberries. This is on the south side of the house.

[img]https://i453.photobucket.com/albums/qq254/sjohnson9206/Garden/2010-04-20/downsized_0420000722a.jpg[/img]

My dormant roots from Gurneys finally came in after a month
:evil: and my husband planted without me being there... which means that what I had hoped to have as an everbearing bed is now a mix of everything.

[img]https://i453.photobucket.com/albums/qq254/sjohnson9206/Garden/2010-05-18/downsized_0518000732.jpg[/img]

They're starting to come to life! Sorry for the blur, it was misting outside and the camera didn't like that.

[img]https://i453.photobucket.com/albums/qq254/sjohnson9206/Garden/2010-05-18/0518000731a.jpg[/img]

I also have 1 of these coming.
https://gurneys.com/complete-strawberry-bed-special-/p/14074/

and I think we'll be putting in a large raised bed in the front of the house for the rest of the plants.
~ Samantha ~

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