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Growing strawberries the Macquiver way.

I have a constant lust for strawberries that borders on overwhelming, especially in early Spring. But not any strawberry will do. Nay! I don’t even bother with those overgrown mutant berries shipped in from the Salinas valley. Those aren’t even strawberries in my books.

Real strawberries are so small that they look like mutant raisins. They’re only around for about 2 months in late spring and early summer. Usually you’ve picked your own on someone else’s farm somewhere. Occassionally, if you are really and truly lucky, you’ve grown your own strawberries. Those, my friends, be the stuff of ambrosia.

I’ve tried my hand at it a few times with moderate success, but nothing I would call harvestable results (full disclosure: usually I would just eat my few cherished berries right of the vine as snacks when no one was looking).

This year I am hoping for better success, and I’m looking into vertical growing methods for inspiration.

Here are some promising reads on the subject that I’ve found in my travels:

How To Build Your Own Strawberry Tower
Growing strawberries guide
Strawberry Tree – Vertical Hanging Grow Bag
Our Edible Suburb “Vertical Strawberries” – or, the gardinification of a cloth shoe rack.
Good Idea: Growing Strawberries in Hanging Bags

Keep an eye out as we get our garden going this year for more developments on feeding my strawberry addiction.



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