Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

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.


Display results as :


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Garden Tower Project
by No_Such_Reality Today at 9:23 pm

» Hello from Houston
by Zuly98 Today at 8:54 pm

» Sanderson's Urban SFG in Fresno, California
by sanderson Today at 7:54 pm

» Fourth Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Today at 7:53 pm

» Do You Get The SFG Newsletter?
by Kate888 Today at 7:45 pm

» N&C Midwest—March and Spring is Here!
by Kate888 Today at 7:34 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by Scorpio Rising Today at 6:36 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by sanderson Today at 3:04 pm

» SW Ohio (Cincinnati Area)
by yolos Today at 12:12 pm

» Trellis mod
by SQWIB Today at 8:39 am

» Happy Birthday!!
by Dunkinjean Yesterday at 11:42 pm

» Any suggestions on the stump grinding sawdust plus soil?
by No_Such_Reality Yesterday at 7:36 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 6:38 pm

» New England Mar 2018
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 12:51 pm

» Powdery Mildew and SoCal Fall Planting
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 12:34 pm

» Boat Gardening
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 6:51 am

» How many green beans per square foot?
by Scorpio Rising 3/17/2018, 9:27 pm

» 2018 SFG in Brooks, GA
by yolos 3/17/2018, 8:34 pm

» Comfrey
by sanderson 3/17/2018, 8:21 pm

» Hello from Hagerstown MD
by sanderson 3/17/2018, 6:10 pm

» Horsetail weed
by Kate888 3/17/2018, 3:02 pm

» How much time for gardening?
by Kelejan 3/17/2018, 1:33 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in March 2018
by Kelejan 3/17/2018, 1:12 pm

» A new SFG fan from Texas
by AtlantaMarie 3/17/2018, 7:17 am

» Potatoes: Yes or No?
by AtlantaMarie 3/17/2018, 7:13 am

» Modesto, Central Valley, CA...
by AtlantaMarie 3/17/2018, 7:03 am

» has55's R & D Journey
by sanderson 3/16/2018, 3:28 pm

by AtlantaMarie 3/16/2018, 6:40 am

» Can you till Mel's mix?
by sanderson 3/14/2018, 8:44 pm

» SUGA 2018
by countrynaturals 3/14/2018, 12:34 am


Search SFG Forum

Strawberries and blackberries

Go down

Strawberries and blackberries

Post  lovecraft58 on 3/30/2015, 10:02 am

Can anyone give me advice or direct me to information on square footing strawberries and blackberries? I can't find any info on square footing fruit. I'm trying this for the first time.

Posts : 1
Join date : 2015-03-30
Location : Smithtown, NY

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Strawberries and blackberries

Post  AtlantaMarie on 3/30/2015, 2:18 pm

Hi Lovecraft58.  Welcome from Atlanta, GA!

I think GWN has 200 raspberry plants and blackberries.  Several have strawberries...

Have you checked the archives?  There's a LOT of good info there...  Upper left corner under Search...

Welcome again.

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4504
Join date : 2014-03-18
Age : 54
Location : Buford, GA - Zones 7B/8A

View user profile http://www.defensivespecialties.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Strawberries and blackberries

Post  donnainzone5 on 3/30/2015, 3:06 pm

Raspberries and (especially!) blackberries will take over an SFG quite easily.

I have mine either in large, individual pots or in separate beds, which have 1" - 2" thick concrete squares for bases.    

As to strawberries, I planted mine a couple of years ago, per Mel's instructions, four to a square.  The next time I plant a new bed, I may try two per square, at least in some of them, to compare.

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 2205
Join date : 2010-03-02
Age : 70
Location : Bend, OR (Zone 5-6)

View user profile http://www.amway.com/DonnaKBecker

Back to top Go down

Re: Strawberries and blackberries

Post  camprn on 3/30/2015, 3:26 pm

I made a bed for the raspberries, with a blend very much like Mel's mix, but with more compost.

SFG isn't designed for canes like blackberries and raspberries. With the strawberries it is better to follow typical practices for growing, managing daughters and replacing plants. BUT, if it goes into well fortified growing medium, the plants will be healthier and more robust.


41 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau



Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14167
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 55
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: Strawberries and blackberries

Post  Mikesgardn on 3/30/2015, 7:56 pm

The book covers strawberry plantings.   Plant 4 per square, pinch off the blossoms the first year, and cut off all runners as they sprout from the plant (otherwise, the plants will get too crowded).  You can get at least 3 years of harvest from those first plantings.  You will need to protect them from animals and birds.
Raspberries grow best in a linear hedge.  They need a good trellis too.  My raspberry bed is 2'x16', planted in a raised bed.  I've only had them for 2 years, but I hear they will last a decade or more.   I don't protect them, and the animals and birds stay away.  But I have heard that is not the case for blackberries and blueberries (one of the reasons I chose raspberries).

Male Posts : 225
Join date : 2010-03-09
Age : 55
Location : Elkridge, MD (zone 7a)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Strawberries and blackberries

Post  Sponsored content

Sponsored content

Back to top Go down

Back to top

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