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Post  shawnlx86 on 3/20/2011, 2:32 pm

So I just started setting up my SFG. So far i put in a 4x4 strawberry pyramid (plants r in) and another 4x4 (only shallots in so far). So as im digging post holes for fence my neighbor tells me i should cover plants as we're gonna get snow 2morrow. I checked weather and temps arent gonna b bad and it looks like mostly rain, maybe an hour of snow. Should i b worried? Should i throw a tarp over pyramid to be on the safe side?

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Post  camprn on 3/20/2011, 2:53 pm

Hi Shawn and to the SFG Forum! I would suggest that you could forgo the covering, they would probably like the moisture. But if you would like to cover your strawbs it wouldn't hurt them. I wouldn't bother covering the shallots. The weather will be improving again after tomorrow.
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Post  shawnlx86 on 3/20/2011, 3:04 pm

camprn wrote:Hi Shawn and to the SFG Forum! I would suggest that you could forgo the covering, they would probably like the moisture. But if you would like to cover your strawbs it wouldn't hurt them. I wouldn't bother covering the shallots. The weather will be improving again after tomorrow.

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Post  Megan on 3/20/2011, 8:32 pm

Welcome, Shawn! I agree with Camprn....at this time of year, a little bit either way won't make much of a difference.
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Post  shawnlx86 on 3/21/2011, 5:48 pm

Thanks,Megan

so the weathermen were wrong once again, it snowed from about 11am till 5pm and now the rain is starting to wash away whatever stuck-I hope my 60 strawberry plants and 56 shallots will be ok. now their saying a little more snow wed and thurs., great lol! affraid

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Post  Megan on 3/21/2011, 9:41 pm

Strawberrys are ornery, you can find them blooming under the snow sometimes. No experience with shallots, but they are onions, they should be fine. Very Happy

(Also, I am totally jealous of your vast plantings of both of those!!!!)
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Post  ander217 on 3/22/2011, 7:48 am

Welcome to the forum, Shawnlx.

Your shallots will be fine, too. Onion family members can take freezing. I've planted shallots in fall and let them overwinter, and there is at least one variety of perennial onions that comes up year after year. (Egyptian Walking onions.)

Established strawberries do fine with freezes, although freezing temps will kill any blossoms in full bloom. If you see a bloom with a black center, you know that one will not produce a berry. But you should pull all the blooms of June bearers the first year anyway.

Keep us posted on how your garden grows.

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Post  Goosegirl on 3/22/2011, 7:54 am

ander217 wrote:I've planted shallots in fall and let them overwinter, and there is at least one variety of perennial onions that comes up year after year. (Egyptian Walking onions.)

I can attest to this one. My Egyptian Walking Onions survive -30F just fine, and not only come back, but will swallow your house faster than a crazed squash!

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Post  Megan on 3/22/2011, 7:02 pm

Goosegirl wrote:I can attest to this one. My Egyptian Walking Onions survive -30F just fine, and not only come back, but will swallow your house faster than a crazed squash!

PM me your address? I'll send you some rampicante seed and you can experiment to see which one eats your house faster. Wink (I have some EWO's planted new last fall myself... very curious to see how they grow!)
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