Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Plant ID
by zackshea Today at 8:15 am

» Roots...information....
by MrBooker Today at 6:41 am

» Is this wood correct for building box?
by sanderson Today at 5:06 am

» Senseless Banter...
by sanderson Today at 4:55 am

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by Kelejan Today at 12:44 am

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing February 2017?
by Kelejan Today at 12:42 am

» N&C Midwest: February 2017
by CitizenKate Yesterday at 11:20 pm

» Our 2017 garden makeover
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 11:19 pm

» Feedback for my 2017 garden plan
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 10:15 pm

» The raised bed of my dreams!
by ralitaco Yesterday at 9:20 pm

» Help - Building new raised beds
by ralitaco Yesterday at 9:06 pm

» Microbes...you gotta see this one !!!
by jimmy cee Yesterday at 8:20 pm

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by yolos Yesterday at 5:41 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by bigdogrock Yesterday at 5:38 pm

» February 2017 Avatar: Time to Wake Up!
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 5:11 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 4:13 pm

» Carrot Week 2017!
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 3:14 pm

» New England February 2017
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 3:04 pm

» NOVA The Origami Revolution
by sanderson Yesterday at 1:11 pm

» -What’s Hiding in Your Organic Fertilizer
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:26 am

» Problems getting spinach seeds to sprout? Try this...
by trolleydriver 2/18/2017, 9:22 pm

» Butterfly Junction
by Scorpio Rising 2/18/2017, 3:42 pm

» Sanderson - Virtual Roadtrip Flyover
by trolleydriver 2/17/2017, 9:52 pm

» 2017 Maryland Home & Garden Show -- TIX DRAWING
by sfg4uKim 2/17/2017, 10:51 am

» broccoli stunted
by trolleydriver 2/17/2017, 8:40 am

» has55's R & D Journey;Plant Talk.
by has55 2/17/2017, 3:03 am

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by sanderson 2/17/2017, 1:48 am

» Compost source
by jimmy cee 2/16/2017, 9:28 pm

» Happy Birthday!!
by sanderson 2/16/2017, 2:06 pm

» Holy snow Batman!
by sanderson 2/16/2017, 2:00 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Winterizing strawberries

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Winterizing strawberries

Post  ktomchik on 12/30/2014, 5:04 pm

I live outside of Chicago and read that I should cover my strawberries with straw over the winter to protect them from the cold. Since they are in a box could I also put an insulated lid on the box? I have sheet of styrofoam.  I am concerned that they will not get enough light if the lid is on all the time. Should I use it only overnight or daytime also when it is very cold? How about a plastic sheet lid to get greenhouse warming? Thanks for any advice. Ken

ktomchik

Male Posts : 9
Join date : 2013-09-05
Location : Wauconda, Illinois

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Winterizing strawberries

Post  plantoid on 12/30/2014, 6:23 pm

You may find that putting the foam lid over them causes them to sweat and develop mould or simply rot .

plantoid

Male Posts : 3661
Join date : 2011-11-09
Age : 66

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Winterizing strawberries

Post  slimbolen99 on 12/30/2014, 7:25 pm

If you can get your hands on some leaves (rake your leaves up), just pile up about a 2"-4" layer of leaves over them in the early winter -- and then either rake them out or, as I do, use a leaf blower to blow most of them out in the early spring.

slimbolen99

Posts : 185
Join date : 2013-01-15
Location : Shawnee, KS

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Winterizing strawberries

Post  walshevak on 12/30/2014, 7:39 pm

A mulch mix of straw and leaves will work.  Just make it thick.  Then in early spring, remove the mulch and add to or start a compost pile.

Kay

____________________________

A WEED IS A FLOWER GROWING IN THE WRONG PLACE
Elizabeth City, NC
Find more about Weather in Elizabeth City, NC
Click for weather forecast

walshevak

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4332
Join date : 2010-10-17
Age : 74
Location : wilmington, nc zone 8

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Winterizing strawberries

Post  littlejo on 12/30/2014, 7:42 pm

@ktomchik wrote:I live outside of Chicago and read that I should cover my strawberries with straw over the winter to protect them from the cold. Since they are in a box could I also put an insulated lid on the box? I have sheet of styrofoam.  I am concerned that they will not get enough light if the lid is on all the time. Should I use it only overnight or daytime also when it is very cold? How about a plastic sheet lid to get greenhouse warming? Thanks for any advice. Ken
Ken, Strawberries need a cold period. They will go dormant in the winter, and you should cover them with straw, pinestraw, leaves, some kind of mulch(not plastic)
They should be able to breathe.
In the spring, maybe 2 weeks before last spring frost, clear the mulch/straw away and they will start growing/blooming soon.
Jo Ann

littlejo

Female Posts : 1532
Join date : 2011-05-04
Age : 63
Location : Cottageville SC 8b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Winterizing strawberries

Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 12/30/2014, 9:44 pm

@littlejo wrote:
@ktomchik wrote:I live outside of Chicago and read that I should cover my strawberries with straw over the winter to protect them from the cold. Since they are in a box could I also put an insulated lid on the box? I have sheet of styrofoam.  I am concerned that they will not get enough light if the lid is on all the time. Should I use it only overnight or daytime also when it is very cold? How about a plastic sheet lid to get greenhouse warming? Thanks for any advice. Ken
Ken, Strawberries need a cold period. They will go dormant in the winter, and you should cover them with straw, pinestraw, leaves, some kind of mulch(not plastic)
They should be able to breathe.
In the spring, maybe 2 weeks before last spring frost, clear the mulch/straw away and they will start growing/blooming soon.
Jo Ann
Another option is to cover them with a thick layer of wood chips. These would be Ramial wood chips (branches under 3 inches with leaves and needles, not bark or sawdust). I did this last winter about 4 inches deep. I left the mulch on and only the strong plants grew through it so I didn't need to do any thinning. The man I learned this from and NEVER had to thin his old, non-bearing plants out as they are simply too weak to come through the cover and the young ones take over.

audrey.jeanne.roberts

Posts : 1881
Join date : 2012-12-07
Location : Central Calif Mtns.

View user profile http://audreyjeanne-roberts.artistwebsites.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Winterizing strawberries

Post  ktomchik on 12/31/2014, 1:08 am

Thanks to all of you. I was hoping to use leaves as I have plenty of them after raking my lawn. I read that leaves alone may pack down too much to work well. I obtained some straw and put 4-6 inches into the SFG box. It is hard for me to resist laying the styrofoam sheet over the box when it is really cold. MY POOR BABIES! I know as you reminded me the plants need to grow despite my efforts so I will  try to resist the temptation. Maybe if it is below 10 degrees only and only overnight not continuously? Seems like I just may not be able to help myself.  Thanks to all of you again.  Ken

ktomchik

Male Posts : 9
Join date : 2013-09-05
Location : Wauconda, Illinois

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Winterizing strawberries

Post  Kelejan on 12/31/2014, 1:14 am

ktomchik, thanks for raising this topic, it reminded me of what I should be or not be doing for my own strawberries.
Just remember, TOUGH LOVE! If some strawberries do not survive, then they were not strong enough. You do not want plants with only a couple of tiny berries, do you?
.

Kelejan

Female Posts : 4674
Join date : 2011-04-24
Age : 81
Location : Castlegar, British Columbia

View user profile http://www.castlegarinkspot.ca

Back to top Go down

Re: Winterizing strawberries

Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 12/31/2014, 2:47 am

@Kelejan wrote:ktomchik, thanks for raising this topic, it reminded me of what I should be or not be doing for my own strawberries.
Just remember, TOUGH LOVE! If some strawberries do not survive, then they were not strong enough. You do not want plants with only a couple of tiny berries, do you?
.
This weekend I need to attend to mine.  We just got our first frosts this week so I'll cover them Saturday.  Deadlines are looming (have to get new art to my agents before Friday).  So I just have to resist the impulse to grab my wheelbarrow and head to the wood chip pile!  

Fortunately, our low 30s high 20s aren't going to be a big deal to the berries even uncovered :-)

audrey.jeanne.roberts

Posts : 1881
Join date : 2012-12-07
Location : Central Calif Mtns.

View user profile http://audreyjeanne-roberts.artistwebsites.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Winterizing strawberries

Post  CapeCoddess on 1/1/2015, 10:45 am

@audrey.jeanne.roberts wrote:
Another option is to cover them with a thick layer of wood chips.  These would be Ramial wood chips (branches under 3 inches with leaves and needles, not bark or sawdust).  I did this last winter about 4 inches deep.  I left the mulch on and only the strong plants grew through it so I didn't need to do any thinning.  The man I learned this from and NEVER had to thin his old, non-bearing plants out as they are simply too weak to come through the cover and the young ones take over.  

I do this with pine needles. No maintenance necessary and the darn things grow like weeds, even jumping out of their bed into the lawn. This year I put seaweed over some of them just to see what would happen come spring. If I lose a few I can always pick some out of the lawn for replacements. Rolling Eyes

CC

CapeCoddess

Posts : 5517
Join date : 2012-05-20
Age : 60
Location : elbow of the Cape, MA, Zone 6b/7a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Winterizing strawberries

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum