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Strawberry Towers Materials Correction

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My last post I shared the details of construction with all y’all and I made an error. I was hoping to get a little further into 2014 before I made my first mistake but I failed to make in through January. Next year …. I am aiming at not making a single mistake.

The strawberry towers are made with FOUR INCH DRAIN PIPE !

I stated 3 inch in the post and that was my first mistake….hopefully the last one for 2014!

TTFN

Bishop

Strawberry Towers Forever V 3.1

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Version 3.1 is under construction with a couple of key changes. Version 1.0 was made with 2″ PVC (too small in diameter but close to being tall enough). The slots for planting were drilled with a hole saw. I shredded my fingers while planting the crowns because I failed to sand the rough edges. The density was very good but it was a challenge to keep them properly watered. Check out the start of my strawberry tower experiments here.
https://bishopsbackyardfarm.com/2011/11/02/strawberry-towers-phase-one/

I toyed with, played around with…………poor choice of words…..I am always wanting to improve on the prior efforts so I have modified V 1.0 and V 2.0 and then V 3.0 ……. 3.0 was not well thought out and the added pockets on the short towers were not well spaced out. They were crowded, impinged upon the others and looked ugly….but the berries grew pretty well.

With V 3.1 I started with 3″ PVC drain pipe and I chose the version that created pockets rather than drilled holes. I spaced them a little closer and arranged them in a logical and orderly fashion. I should be able to get 28 plants in a space that would have held 2-3 plants in a matted row system and much easier for an old guy to harvest without bending over.

The photos below show the construction process. Some time soon I will fill the pockets!

Started with a center line snapped with a chalk line on 3" PVC drain pipe.

Started with a center line snapped with a chalk line on 3″ PVC drain pipe.

I left a space of 12″ at the top for a water reservoir above the first pocket. I space the remaining slots at 9″ vertically between pockets. I snapped another snapped line at about 90 degrees left and right. The pockets were staggered to better spread out the plants.

A snapped chalk line as a starting point. First pocket at 12" in order for reservoir at the top.

A snapped chalk line as a starting point. First pocket at 12″ in order for reservoir at the top.

Using a saw and a slotted box to cut a slot to be shaped later.

Using a saw and a slotted box to cut a slot to be shaped later with the heat from a paint stripper.

I use a paint stripper to heat up the plastic above the cut slot in order to shape the pockets.

Paint stripper used to heat the PVC pipe to soften the plastic so I can shape it. Posed picture but it pretty much shows the process.

Paint stripper used to heat the PVC pipe to soften the plastic so I can shape it. Posed picture but it pretty much shows the process.

I keep a leather glove on the hand that I use to shape the softened plastic PVC.

Using my gloved hand to mold and shape the pocket. Use a leather glove as the plastic is hot.

Using my gloved hand to mold and shape the pocket. Use a leather glove as the plastic is hot.

There is a blank space at the bottom. I use a post hole digger and plant the tower about 12 inches deep for stability.

Me with a tower.

Me with a tower.

Closer view with my Christmas t-shirt "Decker's Homegrown Produce.

Closer view with my Christmas t-shirt “Decker’s Homegrown Produce.

Closer look at the layout.

Closer look at the layout.

A pocket on a V 2.0 model with a Chandler plant, This is what the new tower will resemble once filled

A pocket on a V 2.0 model with a Chandler plant, This is what the new tower will resemble once filled

 

TTFN

Bishop

Strawberries, PVC & Gardening

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The strawberries are blossoming and the high achievers are beginning to ripen! You have seen my past posts on my strawberry towers and if you haven’t you can search going backwards in time. I have reloaded the towers with Chandler strawberries after adding a few more pockets to the shorter towers.

My newest adventure with the leftover pvc from my youngest son’s Engineering project at Texas A&M University is shown below. I did have to buy a couple extra joints beyond the 12″ of 3″ pipe he needed but what the heck! I have started construction on a mini greenhouse with the hope of getting my tomatoes off to an early start! Is it possible for me to have ripe tomatoes before May 1st? That will be my challenge!

I enjoyed a misshapen strawberry today and the harvest is just around the corner…found a perfect berry today that is two maybe three days away from being perfectly ripe. I hope to share a photo and a tasting critique…..Unless of course my 4 year old garden helper from down the street comes into the yard and finds it before I can pick it! He is all boy and into anything and everything!

A look at the towers

A look at the towers

One of the early blossoms

One of the early blossoms

The mini greenhouse awaiting the cover and tomato transplants

The mini greenhouse awaiting the cover and tomato transplants

Quick photos by my iPhone….I continue to be amazed at the quality of the images!

TTFN

Bishop

 

Versatile Blogger Award Accepted

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I have been patted on the back as a Versatile Blogger and therefore have received the versatile blogger award by the Belmont Rooster – http://thebelmontrooster.wordpress.com/

I have been very slow responding but I want to thank him and pass some recognition along,
His blog is amazing! I envy his organizational skills, his depth and breadth of knowledge and his support for my blogging efforts as well as those of others. He is definitely worth a visit!
From his “About” section – the intro – “I now have two blogs, The Mystical Mansion and Garden and The Belmont Rooster. I decided to go ahead and make this new blog because I moved from Leland, Mississippi where the mansion and my gardens were to my hometown in Windsor. It seemed a little weird adding new posts about my plants and gardening in Missouri to a Mississippi blog!”

As part of the award requirements – Seven Things About me;

1. Bishop is my middle name – A great, great grandfather’s name.

2. I have far too many interests…yes dear I agree with you on this….but it sure is an interesting affliction.

3. I can spend all day behind the lens of a camera, not uttering a word and be very content.

4. I love dirt on my hands and sweat on my brow.

5. Farming must be in my blood – from my dad’s side I can track Decker lineage back to the early 1600’s as farmers in the country and from my maternal side – a variety of broom corn is associated with the Rennels family in Charleston, IL.

6. I have 10 bicycles in the garage and probably all of them have air in the tires and can be ridden.

7. I tolerate cats….

I have nominated the following blogs that I follow for the same award. Please take time to check them out. My interests are broad. My first blog was Backyard Farming but one of my big loves is – Home brewing! – Thus my nominations cover both!

1. The Grill And Barrel –Http://thegrillandbarrel.wordpress.com
2. The Hudson Valley Garden … great read and photos Hudson Valley Gardens http://hudsonvalleygardens.us/
3. Mr. Hops Beer Talk – “Avid homebrewer and craft beer taster. I love all the hops I can get.” http://mrhopsbeertalk.wordpress.com/
4. Beer Goggles –If you are looking for beer adventures in the Inland Empire give her a look. http://andreaherreria.wordpress.com
5. Sparkling on the Vine She loves beer, wine and baseball.. http://sparklingonthevine.com
6. A fun blog to visit, entertaining and educational. Welcome to We Make Home Brew. http://wemakehomebrew.com/
7. ‘The Beer Gypsy’ An eclectic Ontario gal – http://thebeergypsy.com
8. Garden at 8505 http://gardenat8505.wordpress.com
9. Head Over Beers – Fun, fun, fun and beer.http://headoverbeers.wordpress.com/
10. Shh Fit Happens She is an amazing gal…. she is also responsive to your comments, take a look – http://shhfithappens.com/ture, w
11. Good Beers Better – Just too much fun – http://goodbeerbetterhats.com
12. Attempting zero waste lifestyle in a military household  – energetic and fun read….I really do lover her wit and straightforward approach. http://militaryzerowaste.wordpress.com/
13. The Orange Bee – an Inspiration. I am now signed up for my first bee keeping class and will be a bee keeper this spring!http://theorangebee.wordpress.com
14. Jimmy Cracked Corn – An amazing backyard farmer. http://jimmycrackedcorn.wordpress.com/
15. Butterflies and Me – Beautiful and simple…. Enjoy! http://bluebutterfliesandme.wordpress.com/

The rules – To my nominees – the rules as follows-

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

  •  Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  •  Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

TTFN

Bishop

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