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Strawberries in blue plastic barrels
« on: February 18, 2018, 09:38:27 AM »
Has anyone tried this, is it worth the effort?
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Re: Strawberries in blue plastic barrels
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2018, 09:48:40 AM »
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Re: Strawberries in blue plastic barrels
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2018, 04:48:50 PM »
Must be a youtube on it.  :D
Are you thinking about drilling a bunch of holes and planting them on the sides?
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Re: Strawberries in blue plastic barrels
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2018, 06:07:39 PM »
My wife is into this kinda thing.

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Re: Strawberries in blue plastic barrels
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2018, 08:49:07 PM »
Does it actually work, or after a year or so will I have a barrel full of dirt?
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Re: Strawberries in blue plastic barrels
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2018, 09:24:52 PM »
Until a few years ago around here, a lot of small blueberry producers were growing the plants in 1/2 blue drums planted mainly in pine bark.  They were irrigating each plant individually with microjets.  One fellow I know cleared over $25000 in a season on a one acre farm, all plants under nets, before so many were growing them. Now, there are larger commercial producers, some with over 600 acres of blueberry plants and they plant them in the ground and add pine bark.

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« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2018, 09:30:06 PM »
Some how I saw berries in blue barrels and read blueberries instead of strawberries.  Please disregard my post. I would delete it but that is frowned on. 

Strawberries should grow in a drum too.  We potted a bunch of strawberry plants up in hanging baskets a few years ago and sold them as an FFA fundraiser.
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« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2018, 09:35:29 PM »
Yes,we did the strawberry in a hanging basket too. I would turn the hanger so the ripe strawberry could be seen by a cusomer,it would be sold in no time. I had to hang a sign that read,you pick the berry,you buy the plant.
If I was going to to the blue barrel,get that up in the air about 3 feet so I would not have to bend over to pick them.
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Re: Strawberries in blue plastic barrels
« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2018, 11:09:06 AM »
Sounds like it would make sense to have them on a lazy Susan type affair as well.
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Re: Strawberries in blue plastic barrels
« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2018, 06:28:24 AM »
Depending on your available space and goals, it's a good way to contain them. Strawberries creep and get crazy once established. Was funny to see my wife actually MOWING them!!  :D :D
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Re: Strawberries in blue plastic barrels
« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2018, 08:12:22 AM »
Growing in containers looks neat, probably the worst part about it would be all the whipper snipping.

I was told about someone growing strawberries in potting soil bags, the bags were set flat in a raised table and holes cut for plants, they were using day neutral berries and replanted in new soil every year.

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Re: Strawberries in blue plastic barrels
« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2018, 01:59:35 PM »
Sounds like it would make sense to have them on a lazy Susan type affair as well.
Jeff, it sounds like you want to take all of the work out of gardening. Just raising them up 3' would make me happy, I used to reach the ground easier, all I can figure is that I must be getting taller in my old age.
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« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2018, 02:15:42 PM »
Sounds like it would make sense to have them on a lazy Susan type affair as well.
Jeff, it sounds like you want to take all of the work out of gardening. Just raising them up 3' would make me happy, I used to reach the ground easier, all I can figure is that I must be getting taller in my old age.
We need @Kbeitz in here to automate it.  I'd say a lazy susan 3' up off the ground with a motor powered by a solar panel.  Then it would rotate giving the plants on all sides a dose of full sun and a break from the heat multiple times a day. ;)
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Re: Strawberries in blue plastic barrels
« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2018, 02:42:54 PM »
I've done this with tomato plants. My only advise is to add baby diapers in your dirt. If you don't and miss a day putting water to them they will die. I put pepper plants in the top.







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Re: Strawberries in blue plastic barrels
« Reply #14 on: March 19, 2018, 12:59:45 PM »
Sounds like it would make sense to have them on a lazy Susan type affair as well.
Jeff, it sounds like you want to take all of the work out of gardening. Just raising them up 3' would make me happy, I used to reach the ground easier, all I can figure is that I must be getting taller in my old age.
The sun is the reason I thought of a lazy susan.  Not sure how you could get the sun to rotate towards the otherside of the barrels. ;)
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« Reply #15 on: March 19, 2018, 03:11:36 PM »
Mirrors? :D

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« Reply #16 on: March 19, 2018, 03:57:03 PM »
Hmm!  Maybe not a mirror, but a silvery reflective surface.
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« Reply #18 on: March 22, 2018, 07:32:16 AM »
I've done this with tomato plants. My only advise is to add baby diapers in your dirt. If you don't and miss a day putting water to them they will die. I put pepper plants in the top.

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« Reply #19 on: March 22, 2018, 10:20:14 AM »
Not going to even think MMM! Tomatoes!  now.
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