Tower Garden Urban Garden Strawberries
I picked the last of my strawberries from my Garden Tower November 15th.
Even though some of them were green, they were still sweeter than store bought ones!
I left the strawberry plants in the Tower Garden ports. I removed all undeveloped fruit so it wouldn’t develop botritis (that white sooty mold you see on decayed plant material).
To prepare the Tower Garden for the winter, I removed the pump from the reservoir and drained the Tower Tonic into a bucket. I reuse my Tower Tonic on my potted plants in my home and greenhouse. I cleaned the reservoir with mild dish soap and rinsed it well..
Next, I reassembled the Tower Garden. To keep the tower from being blown off the reservoir, I used two 1 1/2″ bolts with a washer on the top and bottom of the tower top platform to firmly secure it to the reservoir. I hand tighten the nuts to prevent any potential of cracking the food grade plastic the Tower Garden is made from. I’ve found it’s easier to use a square or hex nut instead of a wing nut. It’s too difficult to turn the wing nut in the limited space when removing them.
The last step was to cover my strawberries with a gardening material called Reemay. It’s a very fine material used to protect plants from frost in spring and fall, too much sun in the summer and to protect plants from flying and crawling insects. Reemay or other brand names can be purchased at good nursery supply stores. Reemay is comparable to using straw or leaves over strawberries that are grown in the soil to give them winter protection. I wrapped a double thickness of Reemay around the strawberries in the tower and secured it in three places with bungie cords.
Twenty eight lovely strawberry plants will be uncovered in mid April, 2014 to start growing their tasty berries again.
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