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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?


Talkback: How to improve your lawn

Posted: 24/11/2011 at 15:29
This is excellent advice and something I did a couple of years ago and it works a treat, my lawn was lush. To be honest I didn't rake in any sand which maybe I should have because the lawn is back to square one. I live in SW Scotland and we have had a wetter then normal season plus my front lawn only gets a wee bit of sun, more in the summer but only really late afternoon sun.

Would applying sand/topsoil have made any difference or is it just going to be an on going thing?
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