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I shot a video of the planting out I did last season and changes I made for our Youtube channel.

As an update, I had to redo all the beds I used the organic material mulch on, going back to using landscape fabric as the pests were eating me out of any usable fruit.

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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on January 21, 2019 at 20:56

Thanks Russell. 

Comment by Russell James on January 18, 2019 at 10:41

 How awesome is that Christa growing up on real strawberries, grown in the real ground.

 As long as there is no fruit on I find the plants go through a frost ok though I do have frost covers if needed.

The only other fertilizer I use is a seaweed solution that I put on through the growing season.

One thing I tell people about the strawberry flavour is they are not always super sweet .. I quite like it when they have a distinct berry taste about them ... I think its due to the fact that because I don't till or dig and the plant is not forced grown in any way there is an individual element of how each plant takes up what is available for it to grow with.

Comment by Christa on January 18, 2019 at 10:05

Great video Russell, great to see your face again.   That video reminded me of our farm when we were young.   The differences were - we had 2 row beds and the rows were a little further apart, built up a little higher.  My father managed to get a truckload of sawdust shaving from a local timber mill.  After the planting was done we would surround them with the sawdust and we had large agricultural sprinklers on stands which watered a large circle in the mornings.   The runners plants had more fibrous hairy roots on them and the plants when growing were larger, we often picked about 4 ripe strawberries from each plant.  The soil was a black soil and the frost was kept off by lighting 44 gallon drums with sawdust in them. The drums were lit about 5 to 10 days of the year. This seemed to help with the frost but don't know what damage we did to the environment. 

St.Patricks day was when we started planting and we loved the end of year as we didn't have to work on the strawberry patch for a while.   We supplied Cottees with strawberries for their jam. 

My father did use a spray for red spider and he did use some fertilizer granules (not sure what they were).  We ate beautiful sweet strawberries most of our young life. 

Comment by Jeff Kiehne on January 18, 2019 at 9:39

The pots could be put in trays  and made  portable like shipping containers use machinery to move in bulk.

Comment by Russell James on January 18, 2019 at 4:31

Yes, Susan, the predators can give you a hard time for sure ... but a 1000 or so pots sitting on a fence was a tad impractical for me :-) 

Thanks for the comment about the video, It's a medium that is fun to work with for sure. 

Comment by Susan on January 17, 2019 at 20:05

Hence the reason I grow my strawberries in self watering pots on a fence - never got a decent strawberry when they were in the ground.  Video looks very professional :)

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