Strawberries in the Greenhouse

Well, we have this greenhouse…thing…and we’re trying to find ways to put it to use.  So…we’re shootin’ for early season strawberries.  I bought 50 Chandler plants from Ison’s nursery in Georgia.

I marked out another garden row, put down a layer of composted mulch then started digging the hole for the next project, aquaponics.  More on that another time.  I needed to do something with the blue clay I was digging out of the hole so I put down a layer on the strawberry row.  Then I added a layer of composted horse manure and sawdust, jersey green sand and just a bit of aragonite before going to work this morning.

Then the oldest boy and I popped them in the rows when I got home.  Our rows could be straighter but what’s the fun in that?  Plants are 1 foot apart in rows and the rows are a staggered foot apart.  I am loosely following the Missouri high tunnel production plan but I emphasize the word “loosely”.

OK.  Well.  Too much to do to sit around chatting.  Hope this works.  It could be a spectacular failure.  Well, it could be a failure.  It’s not big enough to be spectacular.  Anybody have any tips for me?

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3 thoughts on “Strawberries in the Greenhouse

  1. No tips, except that we could never really keep strawberries alive long enough to get to the fruit part until we planted them in the hoophouse. We’ve eaten fresh strawberries since May and they will keep producing until they freeze out. So much easier than trying to fight the deer, slugs, weeds and what- have-you outside.

  2. We just have one bed, Tristar everbearing, and I watered them by hand when I watered other beds in the greenhouse. Once winter comes, they are on their own. Actually we have the opposite – low humidity – but that is improving by letting the greenhouse “rest” over winter without the cover. If I didn’t have time to water by hand I would install a soaker hose. Much easier to maintain than drip and easy to put away when the season is over.

    The rest period has made this growing season the best I’ve ever seen in the greenhouse. We can’t have a moveable Coleman style greenhouse so we take off the cover. I’m no longer interesting in growing stuff over winter that needs propping up – the covers are coming off this weekend because it is dry, and the winter crops will have to deal with what Mother Nature brings. To that end I only planted winter crops that I know will survive here outside. Much easier on the gardener to have a break. And if they don’t survive I’ve stuffed the freezer…

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