thats a great idea! and those wood chips would swell and retain water for longer also. you get a gold star!
Similar to concept of hugelkulture
Thanks all, lots of interesting info!
I have a drip setup in one part of my yard with 20 drips for 20 pots. If I use this spot - what is the ideal size pot for 1 or 2 bare root strawberries per pot? I don’t want to re-pot for 3 years. New plants after 3 years.
Here are some options -
Clay 12" high * 12" diameter $8.5
Clay 10" high * 10" diameter $5.3
plastic 2 gallon 8.5" $2.6
plastic 3 gallon, 10" $3.7
5 gallon fabric pot $3.6
I wonder if going with the clay/fabric pot is a better choice environmentally… and keep the roots cooler in summer?
they are better, cheaper, more easily stored. the plants, in general, grow better because more o2 gets to the roots. if you get the brown or white ones , they won’t heat up the roots in the warm summer. amazon has some great deals on the vivosun is a good sturdy brand. store them in a dry place when not in use and you can get 4-5 yrs out of them. thats longer than most plastics last. id go with a bigger size if your using the fabric pot as bigger holds water longer. get a 20 gal and should be able to put 4 strawberries in there keep it to 6 -7 max.
I wonder about using chips as a soil amendment for pots. Usually the chips suck up the N, but in a pot that would be a controllable factor.
If you mix chips in the soil - yes, they suck up nitrogen. But if they just laying as a layer in the bottom under a foot of soil (in pot or in raised bed ) only the top surface that touch the soil really takes some nitrogen of the soil. The rest only takes what is leaking from the soil when you water. I used wood pieces and chips to raise the uneven landscape for horizontal veggie beds, never had nitrogen issue.