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The Irish Strawberry -- How to grow strawberries in Ireland.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The way i've always known is to put straw underneath the plants for the fruit to rest on off the ground.

which is where the name comes from, AFAIK.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Mcgrueser, I'll have to sort out some straw for next summer.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

medieval knievel wrote:
mcgrueser wrote:
The way i've always known is to put straw underneath the plants for the fruit to rest on off the ground.

which is where the name comes from, AFAIK.


I was wondering that when i was writing it alright!!....(And i had to go look up what "AFAIK" meant!)
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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 7:47 pm    Post subject: alpine strawberries Reply with quote

Hi All,
I have about twenty Alpine strawberries started from seed since march. The place I want to put them is not ready yet so Iwas thinking of potting them on into larger pots. What do people think is the best mix to put into the larger pots to allow the strawberries to grow well untill I can get into their final position and when is the best time to put them into their final position. I also have a number of orammental plants that need potting on any advice on both topics would be helpful

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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2011 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know absolutely nothing about fruit growing but my (accidental) experience may be useful.

I availed myself of some discarded growbags from a strawberry farm and found that some of them still had viable plants in them. Now, whilst I'll try and learn how to produce a good row of parsnips, onions etc., fruit comes under the heading of 'plant it and see' for me.

I didn't want them to get in the way of my 'proper' crops but I had a half moon bed that was basically waste ground so I put them in it and walked away. The soil, if you can call it that, is largely stone and was used by the previous occupants as the place to tip the ashes from their coal fire. I'd tipped the odd box of lawn mowings on it and, apart from a narrow concrete path in between, it's against the north wall of the bungalow.

As plants they thrived and last year we were eating strawberries until we looked like them. Earlier this year I dug most of them up, removed couch grass roots, nettles and docks as much as I could before re-planting them in more orderly rows. Almost immediately they started to bud and are now well into the flowering stage.

The experts might be able to throw some light on the reason for their success but I take no credit for it at all.

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