Anyone growing strawberries ?

Anyone growing strawberries ?

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Michael

Elmira, NY

#1 Mar 9, 2013
It is getting close to that time of year... starting to prep the garden for some of the stuff that does well in colder weather... and I try to grow something new each year... and this year it's going to be strawberries !

Now I've never grown them before but I want strawberries this year... and from what I've read that means I want everbearing or day neutral type plants... which leaves me with the question...

Does anyone else on the forum grow strawberries of their own and if so do you have any recommendation for the best type of plant... right now I'm leaning toward Ozark Beauty...

Btw... anyone else have their other plants / seedlings going yet...?

I've already got 90 plants going under my giant MH light... a mix of an Italian sauce tomato, Black Krims ( tomato ), Jalapeno, Habanero, Tabasco and Yellow bells... along with the usual suspects of pok choy, lettuce and various cooking herbs I've kept wintered over in the house and / or growing in the hydroponics...

Speaking of which... I think tonight I'm going to start a tray of lettuce and such tonight... so that'll be ready to go outside the middle of next month also...

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Since: Feb 13

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#2 Mar 9, 2013
I have strawberries in my garden but I can't tell ya what particular strain they are as they were given to me by my neighbor before she moved away the year before last.
Michael

Elmira, NY

#3 Mar 9, 2013
I should have posted my question earlier because I had a half off coupon / code for the place I was going to buy them from and it is set to expire in a couple of hours... so I decide to pull the trigger now and got a couple dozen Ozark Beauties...

Now to hope for the best...

I also got a couple of pounds of purple potato seed... they're actually really cool looking if you bake, grill or fry them... but I hadn't been able to find them around here for years so figured why not !

Then I saw the lemon grass and remembered the last few times I went to cook a couple of Asian dishes I liked - that it was nowhere to be found in the local grocery stores... so I got one of those so I can keep it growing in a pot inside...

At which point I somehow ended up on the page with the Stevia ( that can be used as sugar substitute ) plants and seeds... and remembered one of my little helpers accidentally spilled all the seeds from last year ( they're tiny and easy to drop / lose )... so I got a packet of seeds for that...

Then thinking of the short people - I remembered them asking about growing one of the miniature fruit trees... because they want something that has a fruit / whatever and all there are right now are my special Habaneros right now... so I bought a little Key Lime tree and a little Meyer Lemon one...

Then I realized I was going to be on the darn site all night spending money if I didn't end it and end it quick... so I finally managed to find the check out button and place the order...

LOL !!!

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Since: Feb 13

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#4 Mar 9, 2013
If you get one of those miniature fruit trees, you absolutely have to tell me if it bears any fruit because I have always debated buying them but have been afraid they would not bear fruit/be a waste of time/money.
Michael

Elmira, NY

#5 Mar 9, 2013
I have had a miniature orange tree before and it definitely produced... and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the lemon and lime trees do the same...

Remember though...

I have a room pretty much dedicated to growing plants indoors over the winter for fresh veggies, cooking herbs and so on... and it has good artificial lighting ( read that as - you'll see spots if you stare at the bulbs ) and stuff... and I do things like run a small oscilatting fan and stuff in the room to keep the plants sturdy and mix up the air / any pollen... and have even been known to resort to going from flower to flower of plants with a tiny paint brush to help pollination...

Last but not least and bragging a bit... I have a wicked green thumb... and to give you and idea - about half the plants in the house were "dead" ones that people I knew have given to me... normally accompanied with a statement along the lines of - there is no way you're going to save this one...

Point being... I will let you know... but your mileage may vary... lol !
Jake

Vestal, NY

#6 Mar 9, 2013
Just dropping in really fast here because i'm busy working, just want to say that strawberries are easy to grow, keep the plants weed free with just a little straw with all the sunlight they can get, and keep moist if weather is dry, and just remember when making strawberry wine that it never stops fermenting, leave some air space in the bottle with a dry cork for a week or two before laying the bottle down on it's side, then keep it in a all around year cool place

“If you're happy & you know it”

Since: Feb 13

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#7 Mar 9, 2013
Jake wrote:
Just dropping in really fast here because i'm busy working, just want to say that strawberries are easy to grow, keep the plants weed free with just a little straw with all the sunlight they can get, and keep moist if weather is dry, and just remember when making strawberry wine that it never stops fermenting, leave some air space in the bottle with a dry cork for a week or two before laying the bottle down on it's side, then keep it in a all around year cool place
I don't yield much for strawberries but I do raspberries. I would love it if you have a recipe for fermenting the raspberries into wine. Thanks in advance!
Michael

Elmira, NY

#8 Mar 9, 2013
Jake wrote:
Just dropping in really fast here because i'm busy working, just want to say that strawberries are easy to grow, keep the plants weed free with just a little straw with all the sunlight they can get, and keep moist if weather is dry, and
That's one good thing so far this year... I can get straw again - at least for now and already have 4 bales to start off with...

The thing was that for the past couple of years with the gas pads going in... the drillers were literally buying it all up to use as soil retention walls and such... and you couldn't find it anywhere...

As an example... one guy I had bought from in the past and that usually had a surplus... said they rolled in with several flatbeds and bought EVERY bale he had...!

I think what I might do is start asking around this year... see if anyone has any round bales for sale that can drop off one or two at the house... figuring then I won't run out and any extra I can tarp off for the next year...
just remember when making strawberry wine that it never stops fermenting, leave some air space in the bottle with a dry cork for a week or two before laying the bottle down on it's side, then keep it in a all around year cool place
I'm only getting a couple dozen plants... so I'm not sure if I'm going to have enough left after everyone's had their fill to make wine out of it... but strawberry wine does sound good !
Jake

Vestal, NY

#9 Mar 9, 2013
ShadyBits wrote:
<quoted text>I don't yield much for strawberries but I do raspberries. I would love it if you have a recipe for fermenting the raspberries into wine. Thanks in advance!
I can't give out my recipe because it's a long time family tradition of making and very.... secret smooth and strong. but what i can tell you is that all you need to do is buy two cans of any frozen condence fruit juice without preservatives and add the two or three cans of water it call's for into a glass gallon jug with about two pack's of dry Yeast, a cork and a zig zag tube at the opening to vent. any amount of fresh fruit you squeeze into a liquid uses two thirds of clean water to that of the juice, add about two or three packs of dry yeast in a glass gallon jug bottle and watch it bubble til it stops, cheese cloth to filter, chill and drink. make sure your must container's and glass jug's are sanitized
Jake

Vestal, NY

#10 Mar 9, 2013
Michael wrote:
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That's one good thing so far this year... I can get straw again - at least for now and already have 4 bales to start off with...
The thing was that for the past couple of years with the gas pads going in... the drillers were literally buying it all up to use as soil retention walls and such... and you couldn't find it anywhere...
As an example... one guy I had bought from in the past and that usually had a surplus... said they rolled in with several flatbeds and bought EVERY bale he had...!
I think what I might do is start asking around this year... see if anyone has any round bales for sale that can drop off one or two at the house... figuring then I won't run out and any extra I can tarp off for the next year...
<quoted text>
I'm only getting a couple dozen plants... so I'm not sure if I'm going to have enough left after everyone's had their fill to make wine out of it... but strawberry wine does sound good !
dont use hay, the seeds will drop and grow.
Michael

Elmira, NY

#11 Mar 9, 2013
I know that... lol !

If there is any hay around it's going to be for the covert chicken coop for urban poultry I plan on running...

:-)
Jake

Vestal, NY

#12 Mar 9, 2013
Whats the latest story about having urban framing in the city? has if been approved? I know alot of people in Binghamton who would like to do this and have already been asking me for tips on raising live stock, it can be fun and rewarding. i saw at central tractor that the red chicks are selling for 2.99 a dozen and the white's are going for 1.99.
Michael

Elmira, NY

#13 Mar 10, 2013
No idea though I know there was talk...

Remember though that I am in Elmira / Southport NY... so different world here and still not allowed... though I'm going to try and mention it at the next town meeting...

If not...

Then the renegade poultry housing units are still going up and I've got the neighbors in on it ( including an old council member - lol )... and I'm going to bribe them with eggs and as usual stuff from the garden...

:-)

P.S. Thanks for the heads up on Tractor Supply... didn't realize they had any in and will be checking our local one today or tomorrow...
Jake

Vestal, NY

#15 Mar 10, 2013
Jake wrote:
Whats the latest story about having urban framing in the city? has if been approved? I know alot of people in Binghamton who would like to do this and have already been asking me for tips on raising live stock, it can be fun and rewarding. i saw at central tractor that the red chicks are selling for 2.99 a dozen and the white's are going for 1.99.
Correction... not a dozen. that price is for each chick.
Michael

Elmira, NY

#16 Mar 10, 2013
Well gosh darn it Jake !

I knew that was crazy cheap and was just figuring that there was a tie in to feed or something e.g. buy X number of bags and get a deal on some chicks...

Either way that's not a bad price and I think I will still stop by the store to see what else they've got...
quzzus

Pittsburgh, PA

#17 Mar 11, 2013
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I am soon about a couple of weeks im starting them indoors

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Earth

#18 Mar 24, 2013
I am getting a bit concerned about the order I made now...

The place I had ordered from was Gurney's using their online store... and while the plants haven't been delivered - the Stevia seeds arrived last week...

Here is the gotcha...

It was supposed to be a packet of approximately 25 seeds... so I'm thinking its going to be somewhere in the mid-20's for the count... but instead I open it and find and find only 17... and several of those are cracked i.e. no chance of germination... which means I really only received half of the seeds promised...

So I emailed to let them know the problem... and got no response... then I posted a review under the listing for the seed and pointed out what happened - and it looks like the site is moderated i.e. a week later and the review isn't showing / they blocked it... and now the product is listed as "out of stock"...

I'm just hoping now that I have a better experience with the plants I ordered which includes the strawberries... but for now I don't think it's looking good...

:(

“Words are words are words.”

Since: Mar 13

Earth

#22 Mar 29, 2013
The miniature lemon and lime trees are supposed to show up tomorrow along with my strawberry plants so here is keeping my fingers crossed !

Still no tiller though so looks like even if they're good to go... I'm going to be doing the ole shovel and hoe routine for the patch where they're going...

Oh well...

After being pretty much sedentary all winter - I guess I could use the exercise... lol !

“If you're happy & you know it”

Since: Feb 13

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#24 Apr 1, 2013
Are you planning on growing the mini-lemon/lime trees outside? Do you have experience growing those? I've seen them in catalogues but never bought them because I thought they didn't do all that well in our climate.

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Since: Mar 13

Earth

#25 Apr 1, 2013
They're in pots so they're movable...

That means outdoors during end of spring, summer and start of fall i.e. when the temperature will be in the mid-50s and above... and then indoors for the rest of the time with some extra light...

The problem with my place and plants is that the larger windows are on the east side... so I have to use some supplementary lighting... which isn't a big deal since I keep the big grow light going for the hydroponic veggies and various other plants I rotate indoors for the winter...

If the situation were different though and I had my large windows on the south side... I would probably be tempted to leave them indoors all the time... just so I wouldn't have to worry about bugs and such attacking them...

As I mentioned earlier, I have done a miniature orange type tree before and it did well... but for the lemon and the lime ones I am trying now - it's the first try though I am hoping for similar results...

Concerning my concern about the order from Gurney's...

Despite the issue with the Stevia seeds that were delivered by them earlier with only about half the expected seed count... the plants that arrived this weekend look pretty good... with the strawberry plants being the expected root systems and crowns bundled together and in plastic ( soil present still moist )... and the miniature trees each in their own cardboard tube and small pot...

The only strange thing is that the lime is apx 14 inches and actually has a dozen branches and twice as many leaves... so it seems really well established... the lemon on the other hand is about 8 inches and looks like a single rooted branch with 7 leaves... that is to say - while they both look healthy - there is a significant size difference between the two plants...

Now I have to get ready to get on the road... time to meet with the folks in Endicott about that contract... and it should be an interesting talk since despite multiple talks already - they've been really close mouthed about the project specifics i.e. I'm going in mostly blind which is always a bit nerve racking...

Woot !

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