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Old 04-15-2012, 11:56 AM
 
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I have been a gardener most of my life........but I am about to throw in the towel.....I have an invasion of strawberry plants taking over my garden. I pull them out, and at a flick of an eyelash I get double in....cannot use a herbicide......need your help. Thank you,
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Old 04-15-2012, 04:13 PM
 
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I have been a gardener most of my life........but I am about to throw in the towel.....I have an invasion of strawberry plants taking over my garden. I pull them out, and at a flick of an eyelash I get double in....cannot use a herbicide......need your help. Thank you,
Yes - strawberries can get out of control very quickly. In a veggie garden, I've found that laying a thick layer of straw around the plants and in between the rows helps to keep all weeds down. At the end of the season, roto-till the straw in to improve the soil. Without using a herbicide, its the best I can do for you.
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Old 04-15-2012, 04:21 PM
 
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Plant mint.

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Old 04-15-2012, 04:22 PM
 
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You asked for help but didn't say what you need help doing.
You mentioned not being able to use herbicide. Are you trying to kill the strawberries?
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Old 04-15-2012, 06:55 PM
 
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Plant mint.

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LOLLLL Sorry Latina. Hmmm..Lo siento mucho, but I can empathize since I am suffering from a "strawberry" as well. In my case it is fragaria indica, a plant in the strawberry family originally from India.

I did eradicate it from a few beds, though. I pull it up and keep pulling it up, but it is willing the battle in other areas. But I personally would try to "accept" the plant in order to keep your sanity. I have a few beds where I let it do its thing and consider it "groundcover." In one bed I have yellow flowers (I totally love yellow flowers)...coreopsis, heliopsis, solidago, daffodils, lilies etc. All yellow. I let the FI do it's thing there and it actually looks pretty, I think. It covers the ground underneath the taller plants.

It does produce pretty yellow flowers, and I buy creeping jenny (I love CJ), so at least I didnt' have to pay for this...or creeping charlie. Another thing you can try is to "trench" around the beds each spring...get a few friends or children to help you pull the weeds, and put a layer of mulch around the "good" plants.
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Old 04-15-2012, 07:01 PM
 
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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Plant mint.

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I consider myself halfway knowledgeable about plant stuff, you know? Halfway - or maybe less. I love mint - love it with sweet tea - so I'll plant one plant here and one there, and maybe another over there.....OMG - I have enough mint to sell. I had NO IDEA sweet mint multiplies overnight AND comes back year after year. And runs everywhere.

OP, are you talking about the wild strawberry plants? Yank, yank, and yank. And then neutralize your soil some, they love acid. It's a weed, though - I'm thinking herbicide - if that isn't an option, you have a lot of work ahead of you. I don't know how you'd ever get all the runners ripped up, but when you figure it out I have a mint patch or 5 you can work on
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:12 PM
 
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I consider myself halfway knowledgeable about plant stuff, you know? Halfway - or maybe less. I love mint - love it with sweet tea - so I'll plant one plant here and one there, and maybe another over there.....OMG - I have enough mint to sell. I had NO IDEA sweet mint multiplies overnight AND comes back year after year. And runs everywhere.

OP, are you talking about the wild strawberry plants? Yank, yank, and yank. And then neutralize your soil some, they love acid. It's a weed, though - I'm thinking herbicide - if that isn't an option, you have a lot of work ahead of you. I don't know how you'd ever get all the runners ripped up, but when you figure it out I have a mint patch or 5 you can work on
If you want another herb that is rather prolific, try dill. Its another one you will be beating back for years!

I think "weeds" are renamed "herbs" when its realized that they will never go away!
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Old 04-16-2012, 02:58 PM
 
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If you want another herb that is rather prolific, try dill. Its another one you will be beating back for years!

I think "weeds" are renamed "herbs" when its realized that they will never go away!
Dill. It sounded like such a great idea. It took four years to extinguish.

If you plant poppies you'd better like 'em.

Cilantro can be a gift that keeps on giving, too.

Dill has to be top three worldwide, though.
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:25 PM
 
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Dill. It sounded like such a great idea. It took four years to extinguish.

If you plant poppies you'd better like 'em.

Cilantro can be a gift that keeps on giving, too.

Dill has to be top three worldwide, though.
It only took you 4 years to get rid of the dill???? We finally moved away to get away from it! As far as I know..the dill is still going...still multiplying and appearing in every possible planting bed and every crevace around Culpeper, Va....all compliments of my "herb" garden!

I forgot about cilantro. Yup its another one you had better love a lot. Thankfully, I never fell into the "poppy trap"
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Old 04-18-2012, 03:10 PM
 
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Really? I can't get dill or cilantro to grow beyond their usual lifespan. Once they die, they are gone and I have to replant them each year in my herb garden. Now oregano, tyme, parsley and mint, I can't get rid of...they are like the gifts that keep on giving...I have to pull/cut these back frequently.
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