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Anyone had success with Topsy Turvy for strawberries?

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Anyone had success with Topsy Turvy for strawberries?

Post  AliSmith13 on 6/3/2010, 10:22 am

I thought I would try the Topsy Turvy for strawberries as a way to keep them contained in one place where they would not take over my garden eventually. However, I am not having much success. I am getting LOTS of little tiny strawberries I mean TINY, not even edible) but nothing worth anything. Sad I know this isn't really having anything to do with SFG, but thought maybe someone here had tried it. Anyone?

I'm wondering if maybe it's just not warm enough yet? I just don't know...this is my first year with strawberries (actually first year with gardening altogether) so I'm completely clueless. Lol.
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Post  martha on 6/3/2010, 11:03 am

did you use strawberries supplied with the bag or get your own? I haven't used the topsy turvy bags, but I have heard better reviews of the bag than of the plants provided with them, be they tomatoes, strawberries or flowers.
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Post  AliSmith13 on 6/3/2010, 11:12 am

I bought one strawberry and one tomato bag, neither of which came supplied with plants. I purchased them separately. The tomato plant seems to be doing great. The one thing about the strawberries is that the instructions didn't say to pack the soil in a bit as you plant, so as soon as I watered it the first time, the soil compacted and shifted down, pulling my plants with it! So, my plants got pretty pulled down and squished. I thought they would all wind up dying, but they seem to be alive. Maybe that had an impact as to the fruit it produced though?
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Post  martha on 6/3/2010, 11:19 am

It could have. I know places are still selling strawberry plants. Mine are fruiting already, because our spring was exceptionally warm. How is the weather in Idaho?

Also, there are varieties that ripen later in the season.
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Post  AliSmith13 on 6/3/2010, 11:53 am

Well, Idaho has definitely had a lot longer and colder than average spring. Temps steady in the high 50's to low 60's, with some sprinkled in days up to 80....it's SOOOO irregular. Sad
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Post  martha on 6/3/2010, 11:55 am

on the bright side, if you do decide to buy new transplants, you should have plenty of time to end up with good strawberries.
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Post  castoral on 6/3/2010, 12:14 pm

I'm not having success with my strawberries either. This is my first gardening experience as well, but not wanting strawberries to take over my square foot garden, I decided to do them in their own container. I was too cheap to buy a topsy turvey, but I saw on another forum that you could basically make the same thing from one of those Home Depot buckets for $2.99. So my husband drilled holes in it, we got strawberry plants from the garden center and all was well. We did this two weeks ago and it hasn't changed. There was already small fruits on it when I bought it, but they have just sat there. I've tried moving the location and putting it up on a sherpards hook instead of on the ground, but still no luck.

My friend suggested using some type of root helper. She doesn't do vegtable gardens but she said sometimes with her flowers, she'll transplant and they'll just stop growing, so she uses a root growth/hormone type thing (I forget exactly what she called it, but I'm sure I'll be able to find it once I'm at the store).

Anyway, since you already bought the plants, maybe it's worth a try.

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