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Strawberries

Discussion in 'Greenhouses' started by pineywoods, May 8, 2019.

  1. pineywoods

    pineywoods SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    Our last project was partially funded by a grant and the grant said we had to plant in the ground. So I decided we'd lay some ground cover thus making rows to plant the plants and we'd run drip tape and run hydroponic solution to feed the plants. We also decided to plant our tower system with strawberries as well ordered 3000 plants and a friend that planted had several hundred left over so we had plenty.
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    Ran a lateral with poly pipe then the drip tape down the rows
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    Found we had enough plants and room to do a double staggered row so another run of drip tape and plants in.
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    Getting ready in towers
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    Planted
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    All growing well
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    Shortly after this I was in the hospital again so we didn't get anymore pics. The neighbors and friends did pick a lot of strawberries and said they were very good.
    Thanks for looking
     
  2. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Legendary Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks awesome Jerry. Looks like you were going to get a good yield out of it.
     
  3. daveomak

    daveomak Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It will be interesting how the dirt plants do vs. the potted plants....
     
  4. pineywoods

    pineywoods SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    Brian it did yield a lot of berries unfortunately many just rotted on the plants which started other problems with the plants. If we do it again it will have to be a "U Pick" type thing there were just to many strawberries for us to deal with even if I had been healthy.

    Dave that was one of the things I wanted to find out the university I sometimes work with is doing some strawberry research mostly with organic production. That would have provided another way to compare to since we were growing the same varieties
     
  5. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    That is quite a setup Jerry!
    I barely have a backyard! :emoji_disappointed:
    Al
     
  6. crazymoon

    crazymoon Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Piney, Wow! that is quite the setup!
     
  7. bluebombersfan

    bluebombersfan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Wow! I bet you had a lot of berries!
     
  8. smokerjim

    smokerjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    nice pics, that's a nice set up you have. hope your feeling better
     
  9. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Awesome Jerry interesting idea with the tower planting.

    Warren
     
  10. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    One Heck-of-a-set-up!!!
    Would have been a real load of Berries!!
    How much of it has to be removed & replaced to do it again?
    Hoping you're all fixed up now.

    Bear
     
  11. Medina Joe

    Medina Joe Meat Mopper

    Hi Piney, You're green house looks great. I'm building my first one this year out of 3 inch plastic tubing. Did you install vents?
     
  12. pineywoods

    pineywoods SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    I have some with top vents and some without. If building wooden end walls consider a large opening up high on each end you can put screen on it during the summer and plastic in the winter
     
  13. indaswamp

    indaswamp Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Impressive... I'm assuming sandy soil? What amendments did you incorporate into the planting area?
     
  14. pineywoods

    pineywoods SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    In the towers it's a mix of composted pine bark and coconut fiber.
    The ground planting was just plain dirt no amendments at all but I was running a complete hydroponic solution through the drip tape I used for irrigation.
     
  15. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Impressive looking set-up piney. A farmer around here does something similar and his wife whose a grade school teacher brings her class over to help once every couple of weeks and uses the experience as a learning aid. Some of the produce picked by the kids is donated to the school for the lunch program.

    Chris
     
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  16. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great idea Chris my Lions club donates 6 boxes of fruit every month to our elementary school under a program called fuel up to play 60 supported by the NFL.

    Warren
     
  17. Medina Joe

    Medina Joe Meat Mopper

  18. indaswamp

    indaswamp Master of the Pit OTBS Member

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    Cool...thanks for the reply. I like your set up.