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Re: Strawberries!!!

Post  quiltbea on 6/5/2011, 7:46 am

CindiLou,
Oh my gosh, I missed the first page of this thread.
What delicious berries. It made my mouth water to see them. They are about my favorite fruit so I'm eager to harvest some of mine soon.
I know they were heartily enjoyed.

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Re: Strawberries!!!

Post  CindiLou on 6/5/2011, 1:19 pm

@quiltbea wrote:CindiLou.
Ooooh, I'd love to have a garden railroad in my yard. You are so lucky. I think its a great hobby and keeps the couple at home and doing things together. Keep posting pictures please. I want to see it as it progresses.

As for the strawberries, do you have berries yet?
My blossoms are now beginning to form into the green nubs of berries.
I think it might be time to cover with netting so this year I get them instead of the birds.

Enjoy your garden.

Yup you need to cover them! I didn't till a couple of years ago and was getting aggrevated because I got so few and was ready to say the heck with it. Then I covered with the tulle and I get a lot!

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Post  westie42 on 6/5/2011, 1:35 pm

That is an awesome railroad setup he must spend a lot of time developing it and a few bucks too. When my sons were small I did some model RR but not nearly like that. There used to be a model train museum near Colfax just north of I-80. Not sure if it is still there don't go east much now but it was a fun stop for a RR'er.

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Post  martha on 6/5/2011, 8:36 pm



This was our first, and very small, harvest. But the berries are fabulous this year, and we sold one, count'em one, strawberry shortcake tonight to a hand-picked customer.

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Post  westie42 on 6/5/2011, 8:41 pm

Those are gorgeous strawberries. Are they real or paraffin, lol. Hope mine look close to that good.

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Post  martha on 6/5/2011, 9:12 pm

They are real! I am pretty proud!

However, here is a photo of my Alpine strawberry plant that I grew last year from seed. The berries are plentiful and ripening, but they look dry. Anyone have an experience, ideas, suggestions?


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Post  NHGardener on 6/5/2011, 10:04 pm

Are the Alpines the wild-ish, small ones? We had wild strawberries at a previous house growing along the road and everywhere. They were tiny but good.

What kinds of strawberries is everyone growing? I heard about Sparkles on this forum, and I think I'm going with them next year.

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Post  martha on 6/5/2011, 10:06 pm

yes, that's the Alpines. Last time I had them (only about 30 years ago!) they were tiny, sweet and delicious.

Most of mine are Honeoyes. I dont' remember what my older beds are. Embarassed

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Post  CindiLou on 6/5/2011, 11:00 pm

@westie42 wrote:That is an awesome railroad setup he must spend a lot of time developing it and a few bucks too. When my sons were small I did some model RR but not nearly like that. There used to be a model train museum near Colfax just north of I-80. Not sure if it is still there don't go east much now but it was a fun stop for a RR'er.

Yup the colfax train is still there. We go there to look at their set up at least once a year. Oh my, more than a few bucks, and now he has discovered EBAY! Rolling Eyes I told him he HAS TO STAY IN A BUDGET AND DON'T FORGET THE SHIPPING! So far only one used cheap engine but I am expecting the worst rofl...

But he don't fuss about my camera or computer stuff after all..fair is fair! If he buys a big line object he knows it is going to cost him a program or a lens!

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Post  CindiLou on 6/5/2011, 11:02 pm

@martha wrote:

This was our first, and very small, harvest. But the berries are fabulous this year, and we sold one, count'em one, strawberry shortcake tonight to a hand-picked customer.

Awesome! That picture shows how yummy they are/were lol...

I am going to can mine. found instructions...just strawberries/sugar/tapioca. Cross your fingers for me! I have canned a lot of tomatoes in my life but not strawberries! I didn't know you could.

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Post  quiltbea on 6/6/2011, 7:18 am

Mmmmm, I'm so full of envy. I can't wait to get some of my own this year.

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Post  boog1 on 6/9/2011, 7:30 am

looks like mine are finaly starting to develope some fruit





and i made this yesterday ta keep the birds from eatin them

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Post  Lavender Debs on 6/9/2011, 9:39 am

@quiltbea wrote:Mmmmm, I'm so full of envy. I can't wait to get some of my own this year.
+1 from the western edge of the cold north (cannot even imagine what it would be like to wait for them in Canada!)

@ boog...great cage!

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Post  NHGardener on 6/9/2011, 9:49 am

That cage makes me laugh!

We should armor them like a medieval knight. This is war.

Haha

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Post  CindiLou on 6/9/2011, 12:47 pm

Sometimes I feel that way! I have even found birds going under the netting on the sides and getting into the bed that way! Not enough to warrant covering the sides with tulle because I have to have the pollinators, but definitely might make a cage for next year instead of tulle! make a good winter project.

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Post  westie42 on 6/9/2011, 2:29 pm

What would be wrong with a cage made using chicken wire so the pollinators could get in. Beyond wrens no other bird could get in. It's mostly robins that invade my strawberries and my wrens are welcomed anywhere. I currently use the berry netting flexible plastic product.

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Post  Furbalsmom on 6/11/2011, 12:00 am

Great cage Boog. Looks like it will protect your berries from birds, squirrels, rabbits or other pests. What is the mesh screening on it? The close up makes it look like it is sturdier than chicken wire, maybe welded wire or is it netting? Is that a pvc frame?

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Re: Strawberries!!!

Post  boog1 on 6/11/2011, 8:48 am

the screen is actualy plastic fencing i had left over has 3/4 inch holes. frame is made from a 2X4 i ripped down to 3/4X3/4 inch peices and its held togather with electric fence wire. maybe the other half can eat this before a bird does

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Post  Furbalsmom on 6/11/2011, 12:00 pm

RIPE STRAWBERRY ALERT!

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Post  donnainzone5 on 6/11/2011, 12:41 pm

Since I activated my high-tech bird deterrent system (feline variety), I haven't lost any strawberries.

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Post  NHGardener on 6/11/2011, 1:57 pm

rofl

I have the canine variety that wards off the deer and other leaf-eating predators.

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Post  MasonGarden on 6/11/2011, 2:22 pm

OK, maybe I'm just being too impatient, but we haven't seen any strawberries yet. I have a 4x4 box with Tribute and Mara Des Bois strawberries which were sown as transplants on April 30th. They seem to be growing, but have produced VERY few flowers (none yet on the Mara Des Bois). I get excited each time I see a flower, and it turns into a little green berry, but then it seems to dry up and go away. I have a bird net over the box so the many birds in our yard don't get to them, but I don't know we aren't seeing any edible fruit yet.

Is it simply too soon? :scratch:


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Post  CindiLou on 6/12/2011, 12:07 am

donnainzone10 wrote:Since I activated my high-tech bird deterrent system (feline variety), I haven't lost any strawberries.
my problem is the felines are sometimes guilty of more damage than the birds!

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