Anyone growing strawberries ?

“Words are words are words.”

Since: Mar 13

Earth

#75 Apr 17, 2013
There are 4 of them... and 3 different varieties...

The thing isn't about just very low fruit production... it's that the plants have literally barely grown at all since the time when they were planted...

This continues to make me sad... lol
hank hill

Akron, OH

#77 Apr 17, 2013
Hmmm, are these things that need to be cut back each year?

“Words are words are words.”

Since: Mar 13

Earth

#78 Apr 17, 2013
Not a complete mow down but they should be trimmed so that only 3 to 6 main "trunks" are left each year with a focus on removing the older ones and leaving the newer ones...

Just to see what happens and since they're just now starting to show a tiny bit of spring life... I may try moving them to a new location and see if that makes any difference.
hank hill

Akron, OH

#79 Apr 17, 2013
Maybe they need a good root base to really get going? Maybe when it warms up some put a makeshift greenhouse over them to give them a boost. Trapping in the warmth and moisture does wonders for plants.
hank hill

Akron, OH

#80 Apr 17, 2013
I used to do that with all my houseplants to get them started, and my mother, who had the greenest thumb I knew of was always in awe. She would come in and say where'd you get this? And it was always a starter she had given me and wthin a month would fill out a good 2 quart size pot.

so, I don't see any reason it wouldnt work for outdoor plants. Just throw a clear plastic bag over a tomato cage and put aome rocks around the bottom to keep in the heat and moisture and watch it through the bag.

“Words are words are words.”

Since: Mar 13

Earth

#81 Apr 17, 2013
I think I will try a move... and might follow your advice and bag them in a tomato cage to keep the temp up...

Who knows... maybe I'll get more than a handful of blueberries this year...

Ah one can hope but...

I think I am still going to put this year's hopes on the strawberries... I swear they're growing so fast I could watch it in real time today... lol !
hank hill

United States

#82 Apr 18, 2013
Good luck!
hank hill

Ballwin, MO

#83 Apr 18, 2013
Just found out it can take up to 6 years for blueberry bushes to produce a decent amount of berries.
Michael

Painted Post, NY

#84 Apr 19, 2013
How long until they start to GROW... lol !
Michael

Elkland, PA

#85 May 11, 2013
Just a head's up to anyone else that has frost / freeze sensitive plants already in the ground...

The forecasts in and around the area starting tomorrow night are calling for very cold weather for a couple of nights... possibly at or below freezing for one or two of them...

Cover those plants !:-)

“If you're happy & you know it”

Since: Feb 13

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#86 May 12, 2013
Michael wrote:
Just a head's up to anyone else that has frost / freeze sensitive plants already in the ground...
The forecasts in and around the area starting tomorrow night are calling for very cold weather for a couple of nights... possibly at or below freezing for one or two of them...
Cover those plants !:-)
Heard that myself today. Don't it stink? Just when you think it's gonna stay nice, it gets cold again.:(

“Words are words are words.”

Since: Mar 13

Earth

#87 May 12, 2013
ShadyBits wrote:
<quoted text>Heard that myself today. Don't it stink? Just when you think it's gonna stay nice, it gets cold again.:(
It certainly is strange...

We are going from close to record highs during the day time to what may be a record low tomorrow during the evening - in just two days... and then it's supposed to be back in the 70's again after that !

I think what I have in the ground should be ok though... a lot of it is frost and freeze tolerant i.e. cabbages, head type lettuces, collards and so on... and I put my makeshift cold frames back around the tomatoes, straw pulled over the strawberry plants ( though they should be ok anyway ) and tarped the pepper plants that are out already...

Keeping my fingers crossed...

Even if it goes bad - I still have plenty of plants to replace any damaged ones with... I would just hate to have to do it since the stuff in the ground is already so well established e.g. the tomatoes were buried with a foot worth of stem in the ground for rooting and only the top leaves showing... and every one of them has already grown a foot or more high !
Michael

Elkland, PA

#88 Aug 11, 2013
So how is everyone's gardens doing ?

Mine has been going pretty darn good... even the strawberry plants I put in the ground - I now have a full "patch" since I let them runners run this year instead of focusing on getting them to produce berries to eat...

The only bad thing has been aphids which showed up due to the odd and wet weather and my usual super dense plantings... which means lots of tomatoes set and getting ripe but my usual long term producers ( black krims etc.) aren't getting many new blossoms right now...

I could take care of it with some insectide to get ride of the aphids but I try to do the "organic" thing... and alas - my lady bugs ate some snacks this year but seem to have flown off without laying any / many eggs...:(

“If you're happy & you know it”

Since: Feb 13

clap your hands!

#89 Aug 12, 2013
Nice to see ya here Michael. Presumably your garden is going better than mine! I didn't start one!
jake

Apalachin, NY

#90 Aug 12, 2013
I had my first vine ripe tomatoe last week. no signs of insects with no sprays, it's been a perfect year for everything, had to spread some lime in some sections around in an early morning here and their for slugs and that's about all iv'e had to do.

“If you're happy & you know it”

Since: Feb 13

clap your hands!

#91 Aug 13, 2013
Lucky you... we've got spiders galore.
Michael

Elkland, PA

#92 Aug 14, 2013
ShadyBits wrote:
Nice to see ya here Michael. Presumably your garden is going better than mine! I didn't start one!
Oh I'm still around off and on but...

I run a couple of sites of my own and lost some of my moderators - college students graduating - how dare they ( lol )... so I've been mostly playing in my own sand boxes a majority of the time...

Anyway...

I thought you said you were going to plant a garden... or something... did it just not happen or should I start worrying about senility setting in ?

Right now I'm trying to plan out my indoor / winter garden... most likely will do the usual lettuce, cabbage, some hot peppers and stuff... but I'm also going to be trying to grow some cucumber vines across the ceiling ( its a drop ceiling in one area )... I figure if I manage to do it - it will at least be worth a laugh to see cucumbers hanging all over the place...

“If you're happy & you know it”

Since: Feb 13

clap your hands!

#93 Aug 15, 2013
No. You were right. I was going to plant a garden. I always plant a garden. EXCEPT this year I didn't. I can't remember the last time I didn't do a garden.... with the extra kids and all the stuff involved I could barely find a spare minute to think.

Cucumbers hanging from the ceiling would be a hoot!
Michael

Elkland, PA

#94 Aug 19, 2013
I guess I can cancel the doctor's appointment then... lol !

Right now I'm running into the same sort of problems with time... the garden is in and still producing like gang-busters but I haven't had the time to can anything... so what I have so far is just what I can blanch and put into the chest freezer...

Oh well...
Betterthanyou

New Hartford, NY

#95 Nov 28, 2013
Oh my God Michael no one cares about you or your strawberries!

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