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Recommend Strawberry Pyramid?

Have any of you tried the tiered beds for strawberries? If I'm going to hump all that dirt to build up something, I'd love to hear from those of you who have tried it and like it better than just a raised bed? Thanks Smiler
 
Um, I guess not!! I don't think I'm going to do these in raised beds, anyway. Simplify, simplify! Smiler
 
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I tried out one of those pyramids when we first
moved here. It was okay but my favorite spot that still has strawberries is on the soil over a retaining wall. Because I can stand and pick, and see them.
 
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Claude, so you mean like cinder blocks turned with the open end up and are filled with soil and planted? that would be kind of neat to have a little strawberry wall snaking around! Thanks.
 
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I tried the cinder block wall and worked great, if you are careful in placing the block walls the strawberries grow well for proper light, i also "painted" the outside walls dark brown to be more natural.
What say ya'all??
 
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good.o.boy, I'm glad to hear it worked. Did you do one block high, or two, or?


I was just realizing, though, that keeping the weeds away from either side of the wall will probably be a struggle. It's very rural where I am and any new protected/moistened spot starts the weeds up instantly.
 
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I laid a second level with green sticks,with 2inches of oakleves to hold soil/strawberries then compost with strawberries planted. I then mulched the base with 2 inches layer. a little hoe work worked with some stupporn weeds. of course Hurricane
Katrina tidal surge wiped out, this fall i plan to build staggered 10 long walls,see what happens.
 
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good.o.boy, sorry to hear about Katrina. I guess losing the strawberries was the least of your worries. Smiler
 
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Biogal, I have a retaining wall to hold back the soil from a lower patio area. I planted the strawberries in the soil behind the wall to prevent the soil from washing out. There is a cap over the holes to keep voles out. I mulch heavily for weeds and it seems to work well. The spill out into the grass and it seems to work fine. I can't see why planting in the spaces wouldn't work unless heat from the sun is a factor?
 
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Claude, thanks for the visual, sounds like it works pretty well. I don't have a heat issue here at the coast!! Mostly rabbits and raccoons!
 
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You guys always sound so much more....thought out....than me!! I put in a retaining wall (kind of, not really retaining much) to level up the raised bed section of the garden. Two concrete blocks high. Planted onions and marigolds in the openings.

I like the idea of painting it, and I just filled the openings with dirt all the way down.

And on either side of the wall, I declared official war on weeds and laid a path of black plastic and bark since that's where I walk. If this doesn't work, I swear I am cementing in every path in the garden!!
 

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