Vegetables and Fruit forum: Where to plant strawberries

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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Apr 14, 2017 9:12 PM CST
I've tried planting strawberries several times over the years, only to have them overtaken by weeds because the areas where I planted them hadn't been in use long enough. This year I have a new (mostly unheated) greenhouse in progress, situated in my veg garden that's been cultivated for 20+ years now, and had the idea of putting some strawberry plants in there, where they will be protected from the winter to some extent. However, now I've read (elsewhere on the web) that you shouldn't plant strawberries where tomatoes have ever been grown -- because they apparently share some diseases? There's pretty much nowhere in my veg garden where tomatoes have never been, so... any thoughts about this? My other thought was to put the plants in some flower boxes that I could move into the GH for the winter, but I'd really like to have them in-ground where I can let them form "matted rows."

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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Apr 15, 2017 11:59 AM CST
What weeds do you have?
Have you been using a thick enough layer of mulch?
Ruth Stout woulda told you to add more hay....

Down here everybody uses weedblock.

My strawberries are more bothered by the heat and the drought.... The weeds give them shade from the tropical sun, which they appreciate.... Till the drought kills them (again).

And.... Even when I do get some berries... The voles eat them....
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Apr 15, 2017 6:26 PM CST
Stone, I probably should have said "overtaken by grass and weeds" -- it was in my early years of gardening (a long time ago now) and the area where I planted them just wasn't properly prepared by any stretch of the imagination. I do use mulch extensively now... and "heat and drought" shouldn't be too much of an issue where I am Smiling
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Apr 16, 2017 9:56 AM CST
Don't know about sharing diseases but strawberry plants are so reasonable that I say go for it!!
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Apr 16, 2017 10:49 AM CST
That's pretty much what I've been thinking, Rita! (it's not like I'm going to lose the house to the bank if it doesn't work out... Whistling )
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Apr 16, 2017 10:52 AM CST
I've had strawberries in my greenhouse now for almost 2 years. They are planted right beside tomato plants with no problems. The strawberries have run all over around the tomatoes, and are bearing well. it's so much fun to go in there and pick strawberries!
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Apr 16, 2017 11:00 AM CST
Thanks, Karen!
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Apr 16, 2017 2:50 PM CST
See, get strawberries!! Thumbs up

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