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Best resources for intensive strawberry production?

farmerjesse
Sun, 28 Apr 2019 16:01:40 GMT

That's it. Just looking for guidance on upping our strawberry game

Dawson Mehalko
Wed, 01 May 2019 16:36:28 GMT

Curtis Stone did a few videos with someone in New Zealand who was killing it with strawberries. I'd check it out if you haven't already. Other than that I'm not sure. I haven't seen much on it out there. I'll be 8-10x my strawberry production though next year so we'll see how that goes.

farmerjesse
Thu, 02 May 2019 07:37:48 GMT

Yeah I saw one of those at least. Really nice, tight farm. Off grid too I think. He's actually at least in part the inspiration for wanting to do more strawberries! I can find NRCS-type stuff on strawberries but would love more market garden perspectives

moseleyacres
Thu, 02 May 2019 12:38:58 GMT

I was just going to suggest the video from Curtis Stone in New Zealand as well.

sonorapermaculture
Tue, 07 May 2019 00:50:13 GMT

i have done strawberry in a few different ways, plastic mulch, landscape fabric, no mulch, compost mulch, straw mulch and wood chip mulch. each has its pros and cons. i am harvesting around a pint per plant per two weeks. 1500 plants. in a 30 x 60ft area. may until october. some fruit into november. so about 2500-3000 pints per month. a good foliar spray regimine helps keep the plants healthy and away from disease and pests. also improves flavor and yield imo. they need a heavy fungal soil to be at their best.

farmerjesse
Tue, 07 May 2019 07:47:49 GMT

Great! Where are you getting your plants?

sonorapermaculture
Tue, 07 May 2019 19:53:20 GMT

our best luck is with eversweet from groworganic.com, ive been through 6 boxes of 1500 over the years and they produce tons.

farmerjesse
Wed, 08 May 2019 08:01:28 GMT

Awesome, thanks

Tjorven Hetzger
Fri, 10 May 2019 09:15:51 GMT

@sonorapermaculture: Could you write a bit more about the pros and cons of the different mulches for strawberries in particular? Did you observe any differences in yield and taste that you assign to different mulching regimes?

sonorapermaculture
Fri, 10 May 2019 15:06:31 GMT

sure thing, it mostly depends on your context. plastic mulch - cheap, easy/overheats soil in my hot climate, lowers yield. no weeds, plants get sick easier from less air to roots imo. landscape fabric- little more pricey, better than plastic imo, keeps fruit real clean. still some soil overheating, no weeds, best for cool wet climate. no mulch - too much weeding needed, dirty fruits, dries out too fast needing more irrigation. cheapest option. straw mulch - hard to find good straw where i am, works well though, labor intensive to mulch large area, but good quality fruits. almost no weeds, feeds soil well. ( we grow mushrooms also on straw sometimes and use spent straw as mulch, works very well and you get oyster mushrooms in your patch!) wood chips - sometimes hard to find chips( i have thousands of yards though so free for me) keeps soil real cool and moist. improves flavor through woods fungal decomposition, good yields. only wind blown weeds to pull but they pull easy, good fungal soil so i feel the plants are healthier and less likely to get sick. probably not the b est in a real cool wet climate yield is determined by the soil they are growing in and good airflow to roots i think.