October 9, 2011 at 3:43 pm #255872
I’m moving my strawberry bed. I have two large fenced vegetable gardens. Over winter, the chooks take over one. Old strawberry bed is in garden the chooks never have access to. I’m thinking about putting the strawberries in the chooks’ winter retreat – the other veggie garden. The chooks are in there from around May till early September. Do you think they would damage dormant strawberry plants with all their scratching and digging?October 9, 2011 at 4:02 pm #509846
Quite possibly, especially if they decide to dust bathe on them!October 9, 2011 at 4:09 pm #509847
jaydatoo post=326281 wrote: Do you think they would damage dormant strawberry plants with all their scratching and digging?
Yes I reckon they would.. chooks demolish everything, given half the chance :laugh:October 9, 2011 at 4:20 pm #509848
No doubt. They will decimate the upper root system and any shorter rooted new plants that may have grown from runners or seed. I transplanted some Strawberries two weeks ago and was surprised at how delicate they were. They survived the move but wont survive chookens.
In addition Strawberries like acid soil and as chook poo is quite alkaline if they survive the chooks they wont grow very well with the resultant high pH soil.
I have made a special bed for my Strawberries so I can specifically lower the pH with lots of compost and a ring of tea bags that will hopefully do the trick. Strawbs will grow well and provide lots of lovely aromatic fruit if given the right conditions but try and keep the fruit off the soil.October 9, 2011 at 5:14 pm #509849
Yeah, wistful thinking I think! Never underestimate what they are capable of! It’s about 6 metres by 20 metres (the whole garden) but I know they pick their fav spots to really go to town on!
My other option in the garden where the chooks never go in has just had a large amount of mint ‘weeded’ from. Pesky stuff. There is also a fair bit of comfrey and at present some cabbages which I believe do not get along with strawberries. The cabbages will be harvested in the next few days though and then I’ll prepare the bed for the strawberries.
Thanks everyone!October 10, 2011 at 1:09 am #509850
I have two very sad blueberries in half wine barrels that I’m about to try and make more acidic with some sulphur and a mulch of teabags and pine needles. My question is….Could I plant my strawberries in the same pots as the blueberries?
Any tips or suggestions would be gratefully accepted.October 10, 2011 at 2:15 pm #509851
Perthgirl, Strawberries and Blueberries should be fine together as they both require similar acidic soil, hummus and lots of organic matter.
I wouldn’t plant the Strawberries yet though. It is much easier to improve your soil without extra plants in the way so I would spend the next month boosting your soil with scattered used tea bags/loose tea, a bit of sulphur, iron & potash, cow manure as well as lots of compost.
Once the soils has been improved see how the Blueberries respond and then plant running Strawberries around the edge of the barrel. Train the runners and fruit over the edge which will keep them away from soil grit, diseases & chewing pests. Trim off all inward growing growth to allow for soil additions, watering and root growth. Strawberry runners will start sending out roots when they come in contact with soil so if you get a few extra pots to train runners into they will produce free plants. I have 6 free Strawberries that are now beginning to fruit that rooted up from last years runners.October 10, 2011 at 4:01 pm #509852
Thanks so much for that info Porgey. I’ll certainly do what you suggested. I’ll let you know how it goes. The barrels will look really pretty with strawberries dangling over the edge.
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