SPRING PREPARATIONS

febitg-3.jpg Planting bare root strawberries

The earth/garden was blessed again with rain last week. Just in time, right after a major raised bed face lift, transplanting and plantings of nearly 1,000 ‘Seascape’ strawberry plants! With such a mild weather and practically a 365 growing season, it’s never to early to start summer crops.

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Harvested another 10# of tomatoes and transplanted some young tomatoes plants in the garden.

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  1. Jenn says:

    Actually this is a question. I just planted a small berry patch 4′ x 12′ with black, rasp & logan berry plants. They are trellised up to 6 feet. Can I grow strawberries around the permiter? And, what flavorful varieties can we grow succesfully in So Cal? Thanks

  2. P~ says:

    Anais, I also have a question for you regarding your strawberries. In your picture the person is pulling the strawberry root stock out of a bag; do you buy bulk root stock like this, or do you dig up your entire patch and thin them this way? Also, how do you guys grow your Strawberries. They can take up quite a bit of space when they really get going, do you have one of your PTF patented ways for maximizing growth/yield in a small space?
    Thanks.
    P~

  3. Lisa says:

    Where and how will you manage to plant one thousand strawberry plants?Are seascape strawberries some sort of mini plant?I am intrigued,please let me know.

  4. Anais says:

    Jenn,

    Strawberry plants make great ground cover and border plantings.

    Here’s a good article about growing strawberries
    http://gardening.about.com/od/fruitsberriesnuts/a/Strawberries_2.htm

    Also for what varieties grow and do well here in So Cal check with your local nursery. Seascape is a California variety and is quite flavorful.

    SEASCAPE : Everbearer High quality, very sweet berries, producing round and even shaped fruit. Fruits well in spring and is one of the most reliable producers in the fall. Grows and fruits well in hot dry climates. Produces fewer runners than spring bearing varieties. Broad resistance to fungal diseases.

    Hope this helps.

    Happy planting!
    Anais

  5. Anais says:

    P~

    Since we are a micro, organic farm we purchase most of our seeds, plants and other supplies in bulk quanities.

    This year we are doing both: Digging up and dividing our old strawberry plants and also planting new stock.

    No “patented methods” Simply, we use strawberries in border, ground cover plantings — and in hanging planters. Incorporating them into the edible landscaping is a way we max out our production. It our ultimate goal to have every nook, cranny and even air space growing something. ::bigsmile::

    Anais

  6. Anais says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Just when we thinks we’ve maxed out every square inch of the property we seem to squeeze in more growing space. There are few “trouble” spots in the yard and this year we are focusing our efforts in maximing any and all remaining growing areas.

    Strawberries make great container plants and we have a few hanging baskets. If there’s no ground space – we are growing up!

    Cheers,
    Anais

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