Tuesday, February 21, 2012
When I first moved here I planted some strawberries at the side of our house where the little hill is. I planted them in tiers and they were lovely, produced well, and spread all over the place. Slowly over the last several years or so most of them have died off mainly because the fig tree produced so much shade on that side of the garden.
Two years ago I redid the tier garden and replanted. That is when I realized how much shade fig tree caused. Those strawberries didn't grow or produce well.
Last year I planted those cute strawberries with the pink flowers like in the picture above. I don't remember what they were. I put them in the berry garden and got just a couple of strawberries from them and now most of those have died off. They also died off in those pots as well.
It is possible I have evolved into a strawberry serial killer since this year I am trying again.
The fig tree as you know was cut down (though it still lives, it isn't fooling me, they are worse than chickweed to kill) and so were a couple of other trees that had grown up to block sunlight from the upper berry garden. Today I picked up two packages of 10 roots each of Allstar strawberries. No there wasn't any research or planning on what variety. They were there in the store at the garden center counter, they were only $3 a package and I just took them.
So the research had to come afterwards.
Allstar strawberries are a midseason strawberry developed by the USDA at the University of Maryland and released to the public in 1981. It is a widely adapted variety that grows well from the East to the Midwest. It is highly resistant to red stele and moderately resistant to Verticillium wilt. It is also quite resistant to root rot (which may have been my problem with last years varieties).
I believe this year I will hill up a couple small rows. I don't usually hill up the dirt for strawberries but it couldn't hurt to try something different.
Oh, I also bought another blackberry plant. I am a blackberry killer as well. Now that I think I it, I tend to kill lots of berry plants and I really need to fix that problem this year.