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Container Gardening in the Alberta Urban Garden!

Northernfox

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Alberta Canada
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Oh I love this subject !!! I have so many container ideas in the Alberta Urban Garden !! I believe container gardening can allow more people to grow which is a great thing!!

From my garden tours !


To my container peppers


 

Melissa

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Sacramento, California
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9B
Wonderful garden. I lot all my cilantro to a rat. Last year I had a rat that ate all of the herbs I had and my carnations. I am on the second floor. I was surprised he could get up here, but then I never lived where rats were. I used a lovely strawberry in the rat trap to catch the little guy. I am not sure what kind of rat he was, but he was young, and no others have come up to the deck since. I love all the veggies. You have so much room. It looks great.
 

Northernfox

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Alberta Canada
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That is the first time I have been accused of having room :) but I guess that is true :)

We are rat free here in Alberta but I have rats on wings that raid my garden. Silly birds were looking for worms one day and roped out one of my seascape strawberry plants.
 

Northernfox

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Alberta Canada
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It's a variety of strawberry developed in California in I believe the 1970s. It produces medium sized high flavor fruit and is cold hardy to -40 c.

It belongs to a class of strawberry called Day Neutral. There are three wide classes of strawberries out there.

June which produce typically the largest fruit however only once a year and it depends on what the sun is doing.

Ever bearing produce typically two times a year and are less dependent on what the sun is doing.

Day neutral will continue to produce until frost with no real defined "crop" time.

Below are two videos I have done this year. I am comparing a number of varieties. Soon I should be able to do the taste test :)


 

the1honeycomb

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Triad NC
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7
I love having raised beds of strawberries Very interested in the varieties you are talking about mine I only harvest for about a month. right now they are making new plants for the new beds in the fall Good luck keep us posted!
 

Northernfox

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Alberta Canada
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Honey you must haw June bearing strawberries :) you want a new type in the spring you can pick up dormant root balls at around 25 for 10-13 bucks with shipping included in the US. My seascape cost me 25$ but it is rare to find in Canada :)
 

Melissa

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Sacramento, California
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9B
Well I will be looking for them I think next year. By then I should have an idea where I can put them. My roommate teases that if I put anything else out there the deck will fall. :)
 

Northernfox

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Alberta Canada
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Melissa the same thing :) !! My alpine grew under grow lights for 3 months to get what I did. I also grew the Sierra F1 from seed. If I were you I'd so the Sierra from seed or buy dormant root balls of the seascape. My next garden tour I hope to so this weekend should show the insanely huge strawberry plants seascape are !
 

Melissa

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Sacramento, California
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9B
Actually you can find strawberries sold on the roadside year round here. They are HUGE! The little rascal in me wants to raid a field for a plant.. But that would be wrong, and I am sure I would be caught. I am not very good at being sneaky. :) I will have to do some research on planting them here, as far as timming and types for my deck. But I am not in a hurry..
 

Northernfox

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Alberta Canada
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3a
if it is on your deck I have a great Idea. do you have a railing?

if so you can get a 6inch rain gutter and a moisture control soil. you wont get the same production level as if they were in the ground but you can get some great production.

OOOOORRR

you can get a strawberry towner. there are a number of products out there but the best ones I have seen are the home built PVC pipe ones.

I would love to brainstorm with you!!
 

Northernfox

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Alberta Canada
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The largest size rain gutter is best and a good moisture control soil and you will likely need to feed them while they are producing fruit with Nitrogen.

I have a video that shows mine. This one shows it a bit and I am fairly sure my earlier 2012 ones show more :D

the ones i have are shallow and really only good for basil and flowers :)

 

Melissa

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Sacramento, California
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9B
Nice. I am going to have to see what I have available from friends in the area, before I go buy anything. That is my biggest struggle, I am not working, and finances are pretty tight.
 

Northernfox

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Location
Alberta Canada
Planting Zone
3a
if you have time and can find a home renovation you can pick up a LOT of free "trash" material that should be able to be converted into a good strawberry planter. lumber is the easiest. I can design something for you that is nice and easy to build and should serve the purpose. the soil however may cost you. let me know where you are heading ;)
 
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