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I Always Thought Strawberries Were Hard To Grow, I Was Wrong

Last year I bought a dozen Ozark ever-bearing strawberry plants from Gurneys.  They put out babies and I now have strawberries all over, even growing in the dirt around the door to my greenhouse where I had some of these pots sitting when trying to find a place for them.

My original plants didn’t produce well the first year, but this second year they are turning out the berries.  Strawberry plants should live for about 5 to 6 years, but start to decline after about 3 years.  My plants are ever bearing, so after a summer break, I can expect another crop in the fall.

I planted most of the strawberry plants in 10″ hanging pots, but set the pots in this bed for a while.  The plants sent out runners and the ones that rooted over-ran this bed.  I wish that I had mulched it better – I need to add something, maybe chopped leaves to keep the berries off of the ground.

strawberry bed

I am surprised how strong and hardy these plants are.  We have mild winters in east Texas, having had only a few nights of mid to upper 20 degree weather and only a few 30 degree days.  These plants handled it just fine.  The crown is constantly putting out new leaves.

The easiest way to grow strawberries is in hanging pots.  The fruit cleanly hangs from the sides and does not rot on the ground.  Easy to harvest also.  A 10″ pot is sufficient for one strawberry plant.

strawberries hand from hanging pot

My problem now is to weld up some rebar into hanging pot stands, enough to handle about 3 dozen hanging pots.

Don’t allow too many runners to grow from the plants – most sources seem to say that 3 runners are sufficient, although no one discusses how many plants to allow per runner.  The runners produce at least 3 to 4 plants each.  The runners take plant energy from fruit production, but I want some runners so that I can have more plants.

When you plant a strawberry plant, be aware that the crown is the heart of the plant – the crown should be half buried in the dirt.  If you totally bury the crown, it could rot.  They like full sun and slightly acidic soil – pH of 5.5 to 6.8.

I temporarily have about 2 dozen handing baskets on several bent cattle panels – this one is on the panel that I grow my yard long green beans and Chinese long red beans, so I will have to move them in a month or so.  I am just going to let the strawberry plants in the bed stay there.  Wood sorrel has been sprouting all over my place – it is the lighter green leaves in the front end of this bed.  Going to pull it and get the beans planted.

strawberry bed under beans

Strawberries are a delightful plant to grow in your garden.

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The Gogi Berry In It’s Third Year

This is the third year for this gogi berry. It puts out small purple flowers, but they do not yet develop into the red berries. I really need to get it in the ground, but haven’t done so yet because I don’t want the arched branches to lay along the ground, but arched drooping branches seem to be the nature of the plant.

spring of third year of my gogi berry

My Gogi berry dropped most of its leaves this summer – maybe I let it get too dry. I don’t know. I am sure that it is root bound – I have to water it every day or it droops. I have it in a drip tray so that it can bottom feed the extra water in the tray. I drew a red line along some of the many empty branches.

gogi berry is dropping its leaves

As of the end of July, this gogi berry is re-sprouting leaves. This picture isn’t very good, but it shows clumps of leaves that are re-sprouting along the arched branches. Yea! I didn’t kill it with my carelessness. I have circled a couple of the many new leaf clumps.

gogi berry is re sprouting

The new leaves have small white spots on them – probably from some small sucking insect.

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