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Strawberries - permie/companion planting

Discussion in 'Gardening On Your Homestead' started by tortoise, May 24, 2017.

  1. May 24, 2017
    tortoise

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    Y'all have inspired me with pictures of flowers in the garden. I am turning a garden into strawberry bed.

    My aspiration is a densely planted weed-free garden that is functional and beautiful.

    I have some welsh red onion (perennial onion) set in there, might leave it there, might not.

    What would you tuck in there?
     

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    frustratedearthmother

    frustratedearthmother Sustainability Master

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    I dunno - but I love the round bed!
     
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    rodeogirl

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    What side is the round bed
     
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    tortoise

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    Size? Probably 4 or 5 foot diameter. It's a kiddie pool! DH shot holes in the bottom. I was doing okay poking holes with a nail, but it was tedious and DH wanted to have some fun. It retains just the right amount of moisture and has ended up to be very nice garden. The plastic edge exposed to sunlight was breaking down, so I cut it off and added the leftover landscape block this year.
     
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    tortoise

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    Internet articles say:

    Don't plant strawberries with
    Brassica family
    Nightshade family
    Rose
    Mint
    Chrysanthemum
    Melon

    Do plant with
    Thyme
    Onion
    Asparagus
    Lettuce and Spinach
    Catnip
    Borage
    Basil
    Marigold

    :caf

    Companion planting lists are so overwhelming!
     
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    rodeogirl

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    You could plant lupin in the center and strawberries around it that would brake up the height and add more color
     
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    frustratedearthmother

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    What a great idea! I love it...I need to learn to think outside the box!

    That made me laugh right out loud! But, hey.... sounds like it worked out well!

    Good suggestion!
     
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    NH Homesteader

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    That is a good idea! I'm going to copy it! We have an old kiddie pool the ducks used (when we had ducks) and I know what I'm doing with it now!
     
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    tortoise

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    Update:

    I left the onions and stray asparagus. I walked the driveway and dug out wild strawberries. I was expecting short little "alpine" type strawberries, but was surprised these were mostly tall. I wonder if they're a wild type at all.

    I split and moved clematis. This one was't rooted in the ground, but between landscape plastic and rock. The roots didn't get damaged, but the vines got ripped up. I hope it transplants okay.

    I still have 25 strawberry plants on the way. I want to plant it densely, but it feels wrong!

    I put wood chip mulch on thinly since I was worried about suffocating their crowns.
     

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    lcertuche

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    Strawberries are good. I could never have too much onion so I would probably leave it. Have you thought about adding a large pot in the center for a tiered look or a birdbath. What a beautiful design feature you used to repurpose the pool. We actually have a pool too. I couldn't make it into a permanent feature because we rent but I could use it for a planting bed. Thank's for sharing with us. Kudos!:thumbsup
     

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