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Old 05-17-2010, 03:48 PM
 
Location: ST paul MN
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Your supposed to nip off all flowers the first year let them form runners but thats all, water well and mulch. Only allow fruit in the second year they need the first year to get established.
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Old 05-17-2010, 04:10 PM
 
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Your supposed to nip off all flowers the first year let them form runners but thats all, water well and mulch. Only allow fruit in the second year they need the first year to get established.
That's what I had understood, then a local organic gardner in my area suggested that I go ahead and let them produce fruit the first year, just not to expect too much fruit. The good news is since I posted, I had a couple of berries the other day that were ready. Tasted fine, just a little small.
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Old 05-17-2010, 07:39 PM
 
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I didn't know that, but heard of pruning the first year flowers too. I began with 5 pants 4 years ago and have way more plants than I really want..

I made 2 beds apx 3 x 20 and went to move them to a new location, which just ended up thinning one bed 1/3 of the way, and now there is 6 beds 3 x 20.

In the first year with 5 plants it was a tease for the berries, but not it is something of a problem. We still have 5 lbs from last year.

I am going to thin the bed that wasn't next, to a new area along side the drive way 3 x 40.

I am going to have to look into berry pies, cakes, drinks and juices.. maybe man can live on starwberries alone
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Old 05-18-2010, 05:37 AM
 
Location: ST paul MN
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Me, I'm just starting the strawberries in front, by our steps, we'ere moving to the house this weekend. Its a group home.


I have Bloodroot, trillium, jack in the pulpit, wild ginger, columbine and vargina bluebells. Also planted some catnip.
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