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Post  bradf59 on 10/25/2013, 12:34 am

Brad Here in the Northern Maine area burrrrrrrrr!!!

Anyways I happen across your website looking for some info for my strawberries.

!. When do I put the straw on them? I hear 20-30 degrees during the day. But it looks like by the time we get to those temps we might have an inch or two on the ground already. So should I just go ahead and mulch them on the first good snow fall? Accuweather has the temps all over the place until about the 25th of Nov. But if you read what they say there might be a bit of snow on the ground before that!
2.  Last year I gave my berries there fall haircuts in sept. but they grew a lot of it back before the first freeze. I left them as they were and covered them. But come spring a lot of the leaves had turned black. The crowns were ok but I wasn't sure if I should have just left them alone or cut the dead leaves off.  I cut the leaves off. But not sure now I should have done that, because I didn't get a big harvest this last summer. So what should I have done?
3. I have noticed that my ph has gone up to 7.5 I have read that it should be around 5.8-6.2 can I make these adjustments during the season and not harm the plants?
4. I use during the season composted manure (cow) miracle grow about every 2-3 weeks, and once a season a 10-10-10. Is this all ok or too much?

This is probably much for a greeting but I figured what the heck someone will give me what's for!!

Anyway thanks for listening kiddies!!!Smile

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Post  Kelejan on 10/25/2013, 1:49 am

glad you\'re here Brad happy hi 
Just a quick welcome before I trot off to bed.
Tomorrow there will be answers to your questions.
My answer to your first question is I would put down the straw now. But if I am wrong, I am sure someone else will put us right. Very Happy 

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Post  littlejo on 10/25/2013, 9:11 am

@bradf59 wrote:Brad Here in the Northern Maine area burrrrrrrrr!!!

Anyways I happen across your website looking for some info for my strawberries.

!. When do I put the straw on them? I hear 20-30 degrees during the day. But it looks like by the time we get to those temps we might have an inch or two on the ground already. So should I just go ahead and mulch them on the first good snow fall? Accuweather has the temps all over the place until about the 25th of Nov. But if you read what they say there might be a bit of snow on the ground before that!
2.  Last year I gave my berries there fall haircuts in sept. but they grew a lot of it back before the first freeze. I left them as they were and covered them. But come spring a lot of the leaves had turned black. The crowns were ok but I wasn't sure if I should have just left them alone or cut the dead leaves off.  I cut the leaves off. But not sure now I should have done that, because I didn't get a big harvest this last summer. So what should I have done?
3. I have noticed that my ph has gone up to 7.5 I have read that it should be around 5.8-6.2 can I make these adjustments during the season and not harm the plants?
4. I use during the season composted manure (cow) miracle grow about every 2-3 weeks, and once a season a 10-10-10. Is this all ok or too much?

This is probably much for a greeting but I figured what the heck someone will give me what's for!!

Anyway thanks for listening kiddies!!!Smile
Hi Brad and welcome!
1. I would put straw or pine straw on them now, before snow falls.
2. I don't give mine any haircuts, so someone will chime in for info on that. I feel that the plants will feed off the leaves during the winter, lots of folks give a spring haircut?
3. I don't recall what the ph should be, but, they love the acid. That is why I use pine straw as mulch, so acid will be good for them.
4. I use some homemade compost, after the June berries have stopped bearing. Everbearing, well, I compost when I feel like it, but not when they are full of berries.
As far as the fertilizer, I don't use any! But, if the plants look like they need something quick, I use a tomato fertilizer. It has enough acidity for the berries.

If you have beautiful plants, but no berries, then you are overfeeding. I would never give strawberries any 10-10-10. Too much nitrogen,but no blooms. Are your berries June or everbearing?
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Post  GWN on 10/25/2013, 9:44 am

Hi there and welcome
I am trying a new technique this year on my strawberry beds...
I am covering the beds with a wood chip mulch.  It is based on a form of gardening that is mentioned on this forum called Back TO Eden.
But the suggestion is to put an inch or so of wood chips   (which is essentially chipped up tree products, mine currently has many pine needles in it which the strawbs are going to love)
Similar I guess to adding the straw though.
I do not worry too much about pH, and the wood chips will break down over the winter to provide compost theoretically  Smile

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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 10/25/2013, 10:06 am

GWN, Strawberries LOVE wood chips, I'm here to tell 'ya.  Two years ago, PapaVino had some sun-stealing trees removed and chipped.  I used the chips to fill the paths between the raised beds.  In one 4X4 square foot bed, I planted, amongst lettuce, etc., three Hood strawberry plants, planning on carefully saving the runners to fill the bed.  That bed is now literally overrun with Hoods, and they've cheerfully vaulted over the rim of the bed and taken up residence in the wood chip paths!  All are doing very well, thank you very much.  We'll have plenty of starts for the new long bed just inside the south fence, yea!  So, get your mouth ready for plenty of strawberry shortcakes, jam, jelly, syrup, and fresh on breakfast cereal come spring!  Nonna  Oh, and on strawberry-spinach-hazelnut salads.

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Post  bradf59 on 10/25/2013, 12:58 pm

Hi Brad and welcome!
1. I would put straw or pine straw on them now, before snow falls.
2. I don't give mine any haircuts, so someone will chime in for info on that. I feel that the plants will feed off the leaves during the winter, lots of folks give a spring haircut?
3. I don't recall what the ph should be, but, they love the acid. That is why I use pine straw as mulch, so acid will be good for them.
4. I use some homemade compost, after the June berries have stopped bearing. Everbearing, well, I compost when I feel like it, but not when they are full of berries.
As far as the fertilizer, I don't use any! But, if the plants look like they need something quick, I use a tomato fertilizer. It has enough acidity for the berries.

If you have beautiful plants, but no berries, then you are overfeeding. I would never give strawberries any 10-10-10. Too much nitrogen,but no blooms. Are your berries June or everbearing?
Jo

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I have a mix of junes and evers. Probably more junes now just planted a bunch of jumbos this year so I won't know they they work out till next year. But if it is a good sign when I planted them they grew like weeds they put out runners like crazy. Cut most out, only kept about 6 that got as big as their mother was so I transplanted them for next year. I have a total of 50 plants so I would guess I have 80% junes right now.

I plan on bldg. some row covers so I can get to the plants and uncover them as soon as the snow stops and the temps warm up then I can use the covers for those occasional freezes during spring. OK so I know what one problem is I'm going crazy with the fertilizer. So we will give them a break for a season or two. I'll switch to a tomato food when they need it. I was told by a Lowe's employee that he uses 10-10-10 on his and had no problems, that's what I get for listening to anybody at Lowe's I should have known!!!As for the ph I can't get pine straw around here so I've been using this stuff from Lowe's (Don't have a Home Depot anywhere near me) for adding acidity to the soil suppose to be organic and safe to use (don't remember the name). I used it this year, but went very lite with it, didn't want to damage the plants. But it did go from 8+ to a 7.5. So I think I'll add more next spring unless someone has a better idea. The bag said not to add more than 10lbs to 100sq.ft. So I'll add 5lbs and see how it goes.

I also did my fall pruning of my blueberries and cranberries. Neither had been pruned in ages and needed some tending too.I had to do a major thinning and cleaning up of my raspberries this year they were so overgrown, out of control you couldn't get to half of them to harvest. And there was so much dead wood, so by the time I was done you could actually see the rows and aisles and actually see the ground under them! So I should see a bunch of new wood next season. I don't expect to get the harvest I usually get but I should see a better harvest the year after. I had so much work to do this summer but because of my health and the weather not cooperating a lot of rain!! I didn't get to clean up my gooseberries so they didn't do as well this year.

I plan on doing a major clean up to them next season. You can't even see them around all the weeds and tall field grass around them! I only got half of my to do list done this season, so I have my work cut out for me next year if I can get the doctors to work on my cervical problems.So that's about it for now, got to go out and work outside since it's fairly nice out today!!

Brad

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Post  camprn on 10/25/2013, 1:57 pm

For area specific advice try contacting your local county Co-operative extension service Ag agent.

http://umaine.edu/aroostook/presque-isle/

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Post  Marc Iverson on 10/25/2013, 5:02 pm

@Nonna.PapaVino wrote:Oh, and on strawberry-spinach-hazelnut salads.
That sounds so delicious as to be borderline obscene!

Officers! Arrest this woman!

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Post  donnainzone5 on 10/25/2013, 5:47 pm

Would I also be arrested if I substituted raspberries for the strawberries? Razz 

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Post  Marc Iverson on 10/25/2013, 5:51 pm

That might be even worse! Very Happy

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