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Strawberries in the greenhouse?

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 08:46
Hi ZombieGardener, glass is nice and clean..
Strawbs in the greenhouse over winter, not sure. These are my thoughts.....
I don't like to spoil plants, I feel they'd get flabby, as it were, no strength against diseases.
I think the winter winds and frost has alot to do with good health
If the plants get any diseases will it infect the greenhouse, might do.
The greenhouse is dead space in the winter so why not use it for something useful.
If you get the runners in to late, they'll get a better chance in the GH.
Anyway, that's my thoughts, I've overwintered runners in a pvc grow house, they seemed fine, different though because the grow house was pretty poor and I used to change them every year to combat viruses and diseases.
Thanks for the compliment, I've been working hard to get it all sorted out, really enjoyed the process.




Strawberries in the greenhouse?

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 15:25

I noticed that the strawberries in the greenhouse are far sweeter by a long chalk. Does anyone have any experience about this?

Strawberries in the greenhouse?

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 15:22
Zoomer44 wrote (see)

jgmc3. It might be worth watching 'Beechgrove' a Scottish gardening programme. I live in the NW and find the programme really helpful because they grow stuff in a slightly colder climate than the English equivalent, ' Gardener World' which is broad cast a lot further south.

They've been growing strawberries undercover, in a raised stand rather than hanging baskets but don't run the strawberry bit every week.

When purchasing new stock, different varieties fruit at different times so having a selection will prolong your fruiting season.   

Thanks, I'd forgotten all about beechgrove garden, will start watching it. It's been fierce here the heat in SW Scotland, I can't imagine what it's been like for you guys, how are the water supplies doing?


I'm still fiddling with drip feeding and general irrigation, having a great time fiddling, trying to not spend too much but still do a neat job. Hose fixing need a good rethink in my opinion, this male and female business is old hat, there's got to be a more universal way. I always seem to have loads of one and none of what I need. Anyway a dragons den project for some one I think.

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Posted: 14/07/2013 at 23:16
Great advice on the UPVC roof vents, if I'd not read this they would blown away, so I'm in the process of securing them a little better.

Thanks for the advice.

Strawberries in the greenhouse?

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 23:06
ZombieGardener wrote (see)
I keep mine in the greenhouse, I have room as the greenhouse only went up a couple of month's ago. and it was a bit late in the year to plant what i wanted. ive planted some runners on from my stawberrys. I remember Monty saying the best crop comes in year 2 & 3 so i'm trying to always have plants in the 2nd year. Well thats what i want but im still a bit a nooby with the greenhouse.

I've just got my greenhouse, loving it...see photos.

I will need totally new plants for next year, I'm not comfortable having them in the greenhouse because the plants are too old, probably full of disease. Wouldn't be surprised, don't even trust taking the runners off.

I will set a hanging basket system, gives me more space...I will have some outside on top of straw and under netting, I will sacrifice a couple for the birds, they have to live too and I like to see them dodging about.


Strawberries in the greenhouse?

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 03:27

I moved all my strawberries out of the greenhouse yesterday morn, I wasn't comfortable with them in there. They had been out for a few winters and were quite old so goodness know what kind of health they were in.

Further to my question though, I thought the point about having a crop before Wimbledon was a good one, I'd never even considered that, why would you, anyway I'm going to set up a hanging basket rail. This really interests me. I have seen some centre beem eyelet fixings but there's a fair old weight going up so I'll take great pleasure in dvising a framework or other, see what's kicking around.


My thanks to the comments thus far. The reason I'm interested in growing strawbs in the greenhouse is because the summers in sw Scotland are usually cold and wettish so I think it's a good idea. To be fair, I will buy or get hold of new healthy plants, all mine are old and have had their day.

Strawberries in the greenhouse?

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 23:27

I'm grateful to both fidgetbones and Zoomer44 for taking the time out to chew this subject over and I have got something from both your comments, advice.

I don't think it's too late in the season to have a rethink, I'm really not comfortable having that big planter in my GH. Tomorrow I feel that major works are afoot.

I picked strawberries for a summer or two in Denmark back in 1997 and what I learnt is coming back to me.....Use straw, cut off the first fruits that appear and cycle the plants every 4 years. This farmer had 4 fields on the go at different stages. I'm going to put together all the bits and pieces that you guys advise and what I've learnt and make some changes.

I think I like the idea of hanging baskets along one side, I don't mind watering regularly. I will see if there's any runners on the big plants and deal with them. The mother plants have had their day, they're atleast 4 years old.

I'll post my changes later on tomorrow. 

Strawberries in the greenhouse?

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 22:01

A friend of mine grows more than a few strawberries in hanging baskets, in his greenhouse, they're off the ground, his reasons are that the slugs and snails don't go near them and he gets a crop a month earlier. Works for him.

To be fair though, he has a polly tunnel, and a lot bigger than my 8 x 6 greenhouse.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this because it seems to go against the grain for me. I feel they would be open to disease and hot house pests.



Talkback: Growing strawberries

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 21:12
I think I will have to get new plants from the runners, the plants have been in for a few years now. I didn't realise they built up viruses, thanks for the information. Will go and see how many runners there are.

Talkback: Growing strawberries

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 21:07
Hi my name is James. When in my early twenties, around June 1997 there was no work in Scotland so a bunch of us guys got fed up hanging around, decided to all go to Denmark strawberry picking, hard work but really great fun.
One of the jobs we had to do was,...on the really young plants was to cut of any fruit growth, I never asked the farmer why, I just assumed he wanted more energy to go to the leaves, this seemed to work because the fruit harvest he got was a glut!
He also used loads and loads of straw under the plants, again I didn't ask why and again I assumed it was to keep the fruit off the ground, stopping it from rotting.

Would this said straw deter slugs and snails, I feel it would...I really think it would be very uncomfortable for those guys, any thoughts anyone?


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