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Post  tomperrin on 4/17/2012, 7:26 pm

@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.

I have blocks made of concrete/aggregate/unk stuff from a variety of sources surrounding my compost pile. Should I reconsider my compost container?

Apparently, nothing is safe anymore. Thanks for the heads up!

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Post  boffer on 4/17/2012, 8:15 pm

The MSDS data sheet states that the only potential health hazard from cinder blocks (also known as CMU) is breathing airborne dust created by sawing or sanding.

http://www.cementproducts.us/concrete-block/msds.html
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Post  JustMe on 4/18/2012, 6:52 pm

@Squat Johnson - thanks for posting your pic! My strawberries are in my original 4x8 box. I've been trying to find a simple tiered box to build, since I will be relying on the home center to cut the lumber for me.

For the 3x3 and 2x2 boxes, are those filled all the way deep with MM? About how many plants do you have in there?

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Post  plantoid on 4/18/2012, 7:00 pm

@miinva wrote: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.

Miinva ,

See if the barrel ( Blue one on the right ) idea is any help .there are 49 plants in my barrel .


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Post  miinva on 4/19/2012, 9:05 am

How do your strawberries do in the barrel? I've been looking at a lot of options.

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Post  kbb964 on 4/19/2012, 1:01 pm

I am watching this thread as I too have been pondering ideas for strawberries the last day or so, pyramid, grow bag, barrel, SFG pyramid..... I watch with earnest
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Post  kbb964 on 4/19/2012, 1:03 pm

@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...



OH I really like this one and its so pretty in white... I might have found my solution

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Post  givvmistamps on 4/20/2012, 1:13 am

After looking at the plans for Josh's pyramid, I realized that I can't possibly have hubby make it since we don't have the correct tools...so the lovely white one wins at my house. Simple design, easy to build without a workshop, and pretty to boot...
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Post  SwampCatNana on 4/28/2012, 11:36 am

Carolyn - If you keep the top block, why not turn it perpendicular to what it is now - i.e. east/west instead of north/south.
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Post  SwampCatNana on 4/28/2012, 11:47 am

AvaDgardner - "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."

My aunt lived in a trailer park across the road from strawberry fields. It was heavenly! The seniors in the park were told they could go over and pick all the strawberries they want for their family only.
Sorry to hear about the city's decision!

Speaking of strawberries and how to grow them, I had forgotten that while living in Long Beach CA, I had a bag of loam or topsoil on the patio and planted 9 plants right in it.
Lay it on its side, cut small "Xs" on one flat side for drainage. Flip over and cut larger "Xs" on the flat top and plant the strawberries. The easiest way I've ever tried. Great berries all year long.
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Post  AvaDGardner on 5/1/2012, 4:33 pm

That's a really cool idea!

How do the rest of you keep them off the media and out of the mouths of roly polys?

I saw this today...they had quite a feast!

One thing I've learned...let the ground be a bit dry!
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Post  SwampCatNana on 5/1/2012, 6:53 pm

Ava - I used to cover them with cheese cloth. It worked very well. :cat:
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Post  AvaDGardner on 5/2/2012, 12:04 am

Lee...how does covering strawberries help when the rolys come from underneath? Did you cover the whole box? I think they are already in the media.
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Post  SwampCatNana on 5/2/2012, 12:57 pm

@AvaDGardner wrote:Lee...how does covering strawberries help when the rolys come from underneath? Did you cover the whole box? I think they are already in the media.

I guess I misunderstood. Rolys? I thought you were talking about birds!
Since the soil was in the original bag, and I had it on a concrete patio, nothing was growing in the soil. Laughing
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Post  brenda g on 5/2/2012, 1:06 pm

WOW all those pyramids look great!!! I am new to this, and want to try some strawberies but am wondering: is there a reason everyone seems to build pyramids for them other than that it looks cool?? I had planned to just put mine in a regular 4x4 now am reconsidering.....
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Post  UnderTheBlackWalnut on 5/2/2012, 1:20 pm

I, too, have wondered that question. All I can come up with so far is that in a bed strawberry runners would be easier to root and then utilize, but in a pyramid the berries would ripen without laying down on the "dirt" and having to have mulch or something preventing them from coming into contact with the ground since they are normally hanging over the sides of the pyramid....

I'm curious what others think, too... Smile
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Post  kittykat on 5/2/2012, 3:21 pm

For me, it's density... I was going to use just 2 squares in my SFG, so 8 plants... Instead, I made the planter tub and got like 26 plants in each one. And I think controlling the runners, etc., is part of it, too, for some people.

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Post  Josh on 5/5/2012, 12:04 am

Starting to get strawberries!

Before my dad built the pyramid, I had just a 4 x 4 SFG and the strawberries grew great in it too.
I've been getting about this many each day.


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Post  FamilyGardening on 5/5/2012, 12:28 am

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Post  llama momma on 5/5/2012, 6:18 am

@brenda g wrote:WOW all those pyramids look great!!! I am new to this, and want to try some strawberies but am wondering: is there a reason everyone seems to build pyramids for them other than that it looks cool?? I had planned to just put mine in a regular 4x4 now am reconsidering.....

I don't think the plants care what method is used. I'd think of your harvest goals and the builders experience. I think pyramids look very attractive. And Joshs' 4x4 + pyramid utilizes vertical space so it holds twice as many plants as my 4x4 tabletop.
A tabletop was the # 1 selling point for me. Just stand there with everything up close and no bending over. 64 baby plants at maturity should produce an excess of fresh berries for 2 people and freeze the rest.
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Post  kbb964 on 5/5/2012, 8:59 am

I would love one of the pyramids, looked at the instructions and I probably havent got the patience to do it. I wish somewhere sold it as a kit with all the pieces ready to fix together
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Post  BillOcala on 5/5/2012, 10:10 am

What a cool idea!


@CarolynPhillips wrote: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?
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Post  Turan on 5/5/2012, 1:28 pm

@kbb964 wrote:I would love one of the pyramids, looked at the instructions and I probably havent got the patience to do it. I wish somewhere sold it as a kit with all the pieces ready to fix together
Something like this maybe?

http://www.plowhearth.com/product.asp?utm_source=google&utm_medium=comparisonshopping&utm_campaign=productsearch&cm_mmc=google-_-comparisonshopping-_-productsearch-_-NA&r=frooglefeed&pcode=12548
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Post  BillOcala on 5/5/2012, 1:30 pm

Just wow
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Post  kbb964 on 5/5/2012, 2:02 pm

Just wow and how expensive Sad
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