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Post  Scorpio Rising 11/19/2023, 2:14 pm

So I am getting rid of my unproductive and overrun with grass strawberry bed next early spring and re-planting.  It is a 3x7 semi-raised bed.  Needs cleaned out and amended.  

Any recommendations as far as varieties?  Everything sounds great in the catalogs.  I want real-life experience!  I like to make freezer jam, and therefore favor a June bearing variety.  Just seems like you get more all at once.

Would love to hear any recommendations!
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Post  OhioGardener 11/19/2023, 5:57 pm

I prefer the June varieties because they not only all ripen at about the same time, but they also tend to be larger fruit. My neighbor has an everbearing variety, and they tend to be a lot smaller and not as sweet. The advantage of them all ripening at about the same time is that is gives bigger batches for preserving or making jam.  I have a variety called Surecrop June bearing strawberries, and they have done very well.

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Post  Scorpio Rising 11/20/2023, 6:39 am

Thanks, OG.
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Post  Chuck d'Argy 11/27/2023, 2:23 pm

OhioGardener wrote:I prefer the June varieties because they not only all ripen at about the same time, but they also tend to be larger fruit. My neighbor has an everbearing variety, and they tend to be a lot smaller and not as sweet. The advantage of them all ripening at about the same time is that is gives bigger batches for preserving or making jam.  I have a variety called Surecrop June bearing strawberries, and they have done very well.
My CinC, Commander in Chief, bought 3 everbearing plants from our Amish greenhouse. They way outperformed the plants bought at the local greenhouse. She freezes the berries until she has enough to make jam or whatever she decides to make. They had berries until a few weeks ago. These were just trial runs to sort out what plants we really want. I hope to eventually do gutter berries on the side of my garage. If you saw the pictures of my garden area, you can see it's pretty small and I have to do what I can with what I got.
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Post  Scorpio Rising 12/1/2023, 7:47 am

Chuck d'Argy wrote:
OhioGardener wrote:I prefer the June varieties because they not only all ripen at about the same time, but they also tend to be larger fruit. My neighbor has an everbearing variety, and they tend to be a lot smaller and not as sweet. The advantage of them all ripening at about the same time is that is gives bigger batches for preserving or making jam.  I have a variety called Surecrop June bearing strawberries, and they have done very well.
My CinC, Commander in Chief, bought 3 everbearing plants from our Amish greenhouse. They way outperformed the plants bought at the local greenhouse. She freezes the berries until she has enough to make jam or whatever she decides to make. They had berries until a few weeks ago. These were just trial runs to sort out what plants we really want. I hope to eventually do gutter berries on the side of my garage. If you saw the pictures of my garden area, you can see it's pretty small and I have to do what I can with what I got.
I have seen those gutter type containers!  They look very smart!  I am not sure that I have the patience to do as your friend has, though!
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Post  sanderson 12/3/2023, 7:37 pm

Chuck, may your gutters look like this.

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Post  donnainzone5 12/4/2023, 11:27 am

Wow!  Only in my dreams.
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Post  Chuck d'Argy 12/4/2023, 12:42 pm

sanderson wrote:Chuck, may your gutters look like this.

Ya know, I had only envisioned mounting the gutters next to the garage's wall. But that picture inspires me to think about not only putting the gutters against the wall as originally planned, BUT ALSO adding a similar structure to that in the picture to utilize the other side of the sidewalk too. 

I have been mulling this over for a couple of years now. But I can only grow the garden, as in expand it, so much at a time.  A lot of learning is going on too while the process goes on.
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Post  sanderson 12/5/2023, 3:57 pm

Chuck, if you add a second gutter below and out from the top one, the runners can be rooted for more free plants. Like on an A-frame.  Is your head spinning?

The fence is probably the best way to start so you can find out if they overwinter in metal gutters up in the air in your area.  I'm in Zone 9B and they overwinter fine in a table top bed with a little straw mulch.  This bed was literally wall-to-wall and I had to take everything out and replant a few.  The MM was down to 4" after 2 years, yet they were surviving.
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