big sand box = nice strawberry bed?

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by Hears The Water, Nov 26, 2006.

  1. Hears The Water

    Hears The Water Well-Known Member Supporter

    Aug 2, 2002
    S.W. MO
    Hey y'all, I have a huge circle of sand in my yard. It was where the previous owners had an above ground pool. I gave the pool away to a friend at the beginning of the Summer. Johnnie and his friends have used it as a sand box since then. But I got to thinking that this was one of the few places on my land that gets sun most of the day (after about 4:00 the western edge is in shade) and it would make a good garden spot. Then I remembered that the strawberry roots that I got once online where very sandy so I got to thinking that perhaps I should just till this sand (after it has been picked up and raked....5 cats ya know) into the ground and make a HUGE strawberry bed out of it. What do y'all think? Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
    God bless you and yours
  2. deberosa

    deberosa SW Virginia Gourd Farmer!

    Dec 13, 2003
    Floyd County, VA
    I plan on trying a version of this in the spring. I have a 4 by 8 raised bed filled with sand. I actually have two but I am using one for propogation. I decided it would make a perfect strawberry bed. I plan on leaving the sand in place and putting a thick layer of mushroom compost mixed with wood chips that has been rotting all winter on top and planting strawberry starts in that. I am thinking the compost and sand will gradually leach together with the help of lots of worms from underneath.

    Since it's already a raised bed, I can put a cover on it easily to keep out the birds.

  3. the mama

    the mama loves all critters Supporter

    Mar 1, 2006
    Union Co ,Florida
    Sometimes the dirt is treated to prevent germination of grass under a pool. Plants would probably be ok. I would till it and add some compost before planting.