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Growing strawberries in cold Delhi weather!
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taby_h
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December 13, 2010 - 10:05 pm
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Hi GG!

This is my third post today (my introductory post and regarding heirloom and hybrid tomatoes in are the two previous ones!). Your blog has come to me as a God sent help. As I am absolutely new to vegetable gardening, I would be greatful if you could be help me with my questions (and yes, I am sure I ll have a quite few of them to start with!)

Currently, I am a little worried about my strawberries that have planted in a moss grass lined hanging basket in a mix of soil and vermi compost. I need to know if I should protect my strawberry plants from this cold Delhi weather and how? (I ve read about mulching on few US based sites but then we don't have as cold weather as in US. I am confused therefore. Also I have no clue how to source straw, so is there any other way of doing so if et all I need to ??)

Also, do I need to fertilize these plants and with what, what frequency

 

Yes, one more thing, please do write a post on various types of fertilizers- chemical (compositions), organic (manure, vermi compost, bone meal, neam meal, fish emuslion etc. etc.,) and their uses for various vegetables, frequency of use, cautions etc.

 

Looking forward to your help!

Thanks a ton

Taby

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December 17, 2010 - 11:44 am
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Hello Taby,

Welcome to the forum. Regarding protecting your plants, if they are not too large, you can put them in an enclosure(made of polythene to allow light) and it will increase the temperature inside a little bit. If its too cold, you can take the pot inside the house in the night/cold day. Mulching will keep the soil warm. Mulching also helps strawberries avoid contact with soil and it also keeps pests at bay(to some extent).
If you dont find straw you can mulch withm with variety of other material like wood chips/wood shavings. These are available in shops that do wood work. For straw, you can check with glass dealers. They use lots of straw for packing glasses.

Thanks for the nice suggestion. I will definitely write a post on that very useful topic.

Sorry for the delay.
GG

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Dear GG,

What do you suggest - fertilisers for strawberries?Confused

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geekgardener said:

Hello Taby,

Welcome to the forum. Regarding protecting your plants, if they are not too large, you can put them in an enclosure(made of polythene to allow light) and it will increase the temperature inside a little bit. If its too cold, you can take the pot inside the house in the night/cold day. Mulching will keep the soil warm. Mulching also helps strawberries avoid contact with soil and it also keeps pests at bay(to some extent).

If you dont find straw you can mulch withm with variety of other material like wood chips/wood shavings. These are available in shops that do wood work. For straw, you can check with glass dealers. They use lots of straw for packing glasses.

Thanks for the nice suggestion. I will definitely write a post on that very useful topic.

Sorry for the delay.

GG


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taby_h
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 Thanks a ton GG for your reply.

This was really helpful!! Well, since the cold has subsided, I ve removed the mulch and my strawberries are looking fine. Infact the plants are flowering. I shall be posting you the pics of my container garden soon for your comments!

Keep up the good work!!Smile

Once again thanks and warm regards

Taby

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