Sunday, April 25, 2010

New bed for everbearing strawberries

Here we are starting to dig a new bed in which to relocate the everbearing strawberries. It is near the old chicken coop.  A potato patch also developed today but that is a different story!

Last spring I bought a bundle of these everbearing strawberry seedlings from La Porte Nursery on Lakeshore Drive in North Bay.  They keep them in the cooler in case you go looking.  I can't remember exactly how much they were but I think I got 20 plants for around $20.  Out of these original plants fourteen survived the first season.  

This spring they came alive and sent out a lot of runners and now I have over 40+ plants in my new bed!

One plant should produce a liter/quart of strawberries.  The fruit on the everbearing strawberry should be smaller than the June berries.  My instruction said I should not try to get a crop the first year as you remove the flowers from the plants to make them stronger.  The everbearing produce 2-3 harvests of fruit throughout the spring, summer and fall and are said to send out fewer runners than traditional plants.  With good weather a single plant can produce up to a liter/quart of berries.  This should be a good return on my investment!

Strawberries need about 1 to 2 inches of water a week.  I am on a well and usually run my garden on rain water collected off the roof in barrels.  I have been carrying water to these plants as it is very dry out and I want them to have a good start.  Hopefully I get a pump set up this year to bring water up from the South River.  I will mulch them with straw soon too.

I am looking forward to fresh strawberries, my Strawberry Pesto Vinaigrette and Strawberry Ricotta Cheesecake.  Click on the recipe title for my recipes.

We have also found out there is a ground hog living under the old chicken coop and guess what?  They love strawberries!  

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Dan said...

Nice new bed! Your strawberry recipes sound very good, I will save them for the upcoming season. We made a strawberry short cake recipe from the LCBO magazine a little while ago, it was really go. Here is the recipe on my moms blog:

margie said...

Hi Nancy - I'm on a well too, have a pump set up to draw water from my creek for my lawn/gardens, but there is no water in my creek. My question, did you find any detriment using your cold well water on your gardens in the past? I really don't want to use my well, but it looks like, with the lack of rain, I'll have to use it.

nefaeria said...

Thanks for the info! I will have to go by Le Port's and pick up some plants. :)

Nancy Guppy, MHSc, RD said...

Margie, I don't usually water from my well as there isn't enough water. I can spot water with water cans but that is about it. I use rain water which wasn't a problem last year :) Didn't use rain barrels much as it was so wet. This is my first year I will actually get strawberries (assuming we fend off the ground hog - live trap set).... my neighour has a strawberry farm "for real" and they water from the river. But they may have a more elaborate system that warms the water first as it travels. I am not sure. I am for sure a novice strawberry grower!

Nancy Guppy, MHSc, RD said...

Will have to see how this bed does 2011. I got one good harvest but was expecting more. Some suggested not t as the plants had been moved. What is going to be total work this year is that the bed was invaded with burdock. I pulled and pulled when they were little but eventually "let it be." Next year!