02. Aug, 2010
Growing, The Homestead
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This is the first in a series of video blogs showing what we’re up to around the urban homestead.
What are you growing?
This is great! I love seeing “tours” of properties – it’s great to see how others are doing it. I get lots of ideas! A few questions –
How big are the three beds?
What is the area the strawberries occupy & how many did you originally plant there?
Did you get any grapes from your older vine?
How big is your property? That looks like a nice-sized backyard.
The three beds are 4×16′ each.
The strawberries are in a 4×10’ish plot. I keep a piece of scrap lumber at their lower end to keep them from encroaching on the corn. :) When I originally planted them I was actually growing things in between their rows: carrots, scallions, green beans. But after they were finished bearing, the strawberries completely took over. If it weren’t for the fact that they make amazing berries, I’d think they were invasive!
I ordered the strawberry plant collection from Johnny’s (http://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-7314-strawberry-plant-collection.aspx), which is 75 plants. WAAAAAY too many! I gave quite a few away, but think I still ended up planting 36 or so, which is way too many for that space. We had to deal with quite a bit of fruit rot this year, so during the winter I’m planning on thinning out a strip in the middle of the bed so that they’ll have more light and hopefully that will help prevent the rot.
The oldest grape vine we have was only planted last year, so it’ll still be a few years before we get fruit from it. I’ve also since learned that it’s nearly impossible to grow grapes organically in Missouri, so I am probably going to end up having to spray them to get any fruit at all.
Our lot is 50×150′. It’s a decent city lot, but not huge. We are blessed, though, that we don’t have any trees on our lot, so we have as much sunlight as our neighbours’ trees will allow. :)
Thanks for all of the information. I have a 4×8 bed that I’m thinking about putting strawberries in, but I haven’t had much luck in the past so I worry about wasting too much bed space on a possible lost cause. However, I just found out from someone with far more experience in my neck of the woods what his top two strawberry producers are, so I’m going to try those this time.
As for your lot size I’m kind of surprised b/c it looked much bigger than that too me. Our old house was on that exact size, but the house was huge so the lot seemed smaller. Our current lot is a bit smaller than this and the house is much smaller still. Just need to find a way to deal with all of the shade. Mainly from our neighbors trees! – Carrie
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