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Post  CarolynPhillips on Mon 13 Sep 2010 - 15:45

I built a strawberry pyramid using concrete blocks.
my plan is to put one strawberry plant per whole.
Growing= Maxima Strawberry--they are large plants and large berries but
June bearing. I want some Quinaults for another bed.
*How many weeks before Frost is safe for transplanting
strawberry plants?


Here is a pic of the pyramid.
Do you think it looks ok? Or should I remove that top block?

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Post  miinva on Mon 13 Sep 2010 - 15:56

I think it looks great Smile I'm feeling the urge to build one!

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Re: Strawberry Pyramid- Opinions/help

Post  Megan on Mon 13 Sep 2010 - 15:58

I like it. Smile My eye wants to pull that top block, personally... I think it's because it gives you 4 "half wholes" on the tier just below it, and I would want them all to be the same. (Plus if they are large plants, they will need the space.)

Sorry, not sure about planting times. I am wondering how to overwinter my strawberry jar.
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Post  CarolynPhillips on Mon 13 Sep 2010 - 16:08

Thank you Megan and Miinva.

I will remove the top block. ---hubby liked it and I did not. Thats two against one. Very Happy
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Post  Megan on Mon 13 Sep 2010 - 16:14

LOL... glad I was agreeing with you! Very Happy
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Post  camprn on Mon 13 Sep 2010 - 16:25

It will look better after it's planted. I likey!
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Post  CarolynPhillips on Mon 13 Sep 2010 - 16:41

-----when to safely transplant
strawberries before 1st frost.
I did not find out how many weeks would be safest before 1st frost in any
location but I did find this:
In the northern U.S. it is safe between Mid Sept and Mid Oct.
In Missouri it is safe Mid November.

So---I recon I can transplant since I am in the south.
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Post  Megan on Mon 13 Sep 2010 - 17:01

Carolyn, does this help?

http://alabamamaps.ua.edu/contemporarymaps/alabama/climate/index.html
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Post  acara on Mon 13 Sep 2010 - 17:10

FWIW, I agree with above ... (I think) ..top block should go, simply becase your losing 4 boxes to gain 2
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Post  camprn on Mon 13 Sep 2010 - 17:11

@acara wrote:FWIW, I agree with above ... (I think) ..top block should go, simply becase your losing 4 boxes to gain 2
FWIW? say what? Shocked
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Post  Megan on Mon 13 Sep 2010 - 17:13

@camprn wrote:
@acara wrote:FWIW, I agree with above ... (I think) ..top block should go, simply becase your losing 4 boxes to gain 2
FWIW? say what? Shocked
FWIW = For What It's Worth Very Happy
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Re: Strawberry Pyramid- Opinions/help

Post  acara on Mon 13 Sep 2010 - 17:14

Yep, sorry ....just off work & I'm still in Blackberry-speak mode
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CINDER BLOCKS MAY CONTAIN METALS

Post  chuckbaugh on Thu 12 Apr 2012 - 12:00

Strawberry pyramid with cinderblocks looks very cool, but it is NOT worth the health risk.
Concrete Blocks may contain fly ash which is OK to use in construction, but the heavy metals will leach into the soil through water, or worse, the plant roots could be in direct contact with dangerous levels of heavy metals. You do NOT want to consume the heavy metals in fly ash concrete. PLEASE consider this before using this in your garden.

As a point of reference, I am a microbiologist, growing soil probiotics (beneficial bacteria and beneficial fungi) that help plants grow bigger and faster. My laboratory does microbial testing for concrete additive manufacturers.
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Re: Strawberry Pyramid- Opinions/help

Post  kittykat on Thu 12 Apr 2012 - 12:23

@chuckbaugh wrote:Strawberry pyramid with cinderblocks looks very cool, but it is NOT worth the health risk.
Concrete Blocks may contain fly ash which is OK to use in construction, but the heavy metals will leach into the soil through water, or worse, the plant roots could be in direct contact with dangerous levels of heavy metals. You do NOT want to consume the heavy metals in fly ash concrete. PLEASE consider this before using this in your garden.

As a point of reference, I am a microbiologist, growing soil probiotics (beneficial bacteria and beneficial fungi) that help plants grow bigger and faster. My laboratory does microbial testing for concrete additive manufacturers.

Man!! The things we don't know about the things that are around us! Who'da thunk there would be nastiness in cement blocks? Dang!!

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Re: Strawberry Pyramid- Opinions/help

Post  philct on Thu 12 Apr 2012 - 12:25



Grabbed this from Gurney's for maybe 30-35 bucks, i dont quite remember... I have 40 plants in it waiting for them to break dormancy!!!
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Post  Squat_Johnson on Thu 12 Apr 2012 - 12:31

Mine has a pot,
on top of a 2x2,
on top of a 3x3,
on top of a 4x4!

My fav bed this year! I picked all the blooms last year, now almost time...

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Post  kittykat on Thu 12 Apr 2012 - 14:12

Here's my very small-scale, low-tech version of a tiered strawberry planter... (oops - except it's all planted up now - I should take a new pic...)

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Post  AvaDGardner on Thu 12 Apr 2012 - 14:26

@CarolynPhillips wrote:Growing= Maxima Strawberry--they are large plants and large berries but
June bearing. I want some Quinaults for another bed.
*How many weeks before Frost is safe for transplanting
strawberry plants?


Here is a pic of the pyramid.

So cool looking. Too bad about the fly ash. @Chuck...does he need to sterilize his mix now?

Strawberry plants are very hardy. Planting before the first frost is so they can be established...as opposed to planting during the frost season when the ground is colder and harder...and maybe frozen.

They are perenniels in most places.

Are you still in frost season? I'd plant them as soon as your nights are no less than 45*. You can probably plant them sooner, but at 45 you'll be safe for the ground to be thawed, increase warming, draining a bit and growing to begin.
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Post  givvmistamps on Thu 12 Apr 2012 - 15:31

@Squat_Johnson wrote:Mine has a pot,
on top of a 2x2,
on top of a 3x3,
on top of a 4x4!

My fav bed this year! I picked all the blooms last year, now almost time...


I like that one! I do believe I see strawberries in my future, and that's the box it'll go in! Very Happy
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Post  miinva on Thu 12 Apr 2012 - 20:43

I hope you guys will share pictures as the season progresses. I really want a strawberry bed, but it hasn't been in the finances so far. Some day! Smile I hope Josh will share pictures of his too, it's similar to the one made of offset squares, if I remember correctly.

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Post  Pink-Gardener on Fri 13 Apr 2012 - 14:13

@kittykat wrote:Here's my very small-scale, low-tech version of a tiered strawberry planter... (oops - except it's all planted up now - I should take a new pic...)


Loving all your strawberry pyramids.

This one is perfect for the small space I have, will definitely be making one of these!!
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Re: Strawberry Pyramid- Opinions/help

Post  Josh on Fri 13 Apr 2012 - 18:55

Here's what I use. We've used it several years now. We don't cover it in the winter, but a pvc pipe tent will fit over it a person needs a net or cover for it.
The center pyramid is 2 x 2 and sits on in the middle of a 4 x 4 SFG.
There are 20 plants per side of the pyramid = 80 plants and there are 4 plants to each square around the pyramid=48 for a total of 128 plants in a 4 x 4 area.
I just water it and it grows without any problems. It works. One year my mom took out enough runners to plant another one. My dad made it, and the the plans are online for free.
http://www.runnerduck.com/strawberry_tree.htm

My dad said it is a little tough to make the angles, but other than that it's not real hard to make.





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Post  kittykat on Fri 13 Apr 2012 - 19:20

Oh man... Josh - you win! Totally, completely... When I grow up, I want one of those!!!

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Post  givvmistamps on Fri 13 Apr 2012 - 21:32

Absolutely gorgeous Josh! Now I'm divided...which one should we build?!
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Post  AvaDGardner on Sat 14 Apr 2012 - 0:52

Josh, I likey! Very Very cool. Tell your dad "+1!"

What kind of berries do you have in it?

With that many plants, I'm sure you can feed your family. I'm a little concerned about my dozen+ plants. We've all had early samples (especially me, the one who checks the garden the most [HAHA! THE SECRET REASON TO GARDEN! DIBS!]) We'll see as June gets here and strawberry season starts.

It always bums me that my city let go of all their fields for buildings, and are no longer the strawberry capital of the country! Now a lot of those buildings are empty.
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