Thanks Drew. Not sure I will try seed, but I’m just exploring options at this point. I remember reading here that someone grew a lot of strawberries from seed. It was in a previous thread on strawberry varieties. I’ll have to go back and check that again.
Muddymess - Thanks for that explanation. I was wondering, if the leaf mulch was creating a problem, but….just the same, I remember pulling off the bottom leaves on the plants when I brought them home from the nursery, so I think they may have started out that way.
That was a good explanation of why the plants may get infected. Sounds like the same idea as tomato plants. I’ve been pulling off the bottom leaves of tomato plants so they are not in contact with the soil. I do find it odd though, that the roots of the plant are completely exposed to the soil and why a plant would not get infected from that exposure but will to soil on the leaves doesn’t really make sense to me. Also, plants grow in the wild with no one to mulch them and when’s the last time you saw a diseased plant in the wild?
Just some random thoughts on the subject - I do understand that regardless of not understanding it, if it helps me avoid disease, I’m happy to change to straw.
I do garden organically, and part of my routine, is to compost in place by mulching with a grass/chopped leaves mulch and allowing that to break down into the soil, to add organic matter. Spring was late this season and therefore lawn mowing, so I had straight chopped leaves as a mulch without the grass clippings. Straw normally has weed seed in it, and that’s why I’ve avoided it. But I do know there is salt marsh hay available at a premium cost and when you can find it. I see now that they have another product which is straw that’s been heated to kill the weed seeds so they won’t reproduce. So, I will have to choose one of those I guess. I have not seen pine straw available here.
Gardening is a challenge. [g] Our weather has been really different than normal here this season. 100+ inches of snow last winter, snow still on the ground and frozen ground 2-3 weeks later than normal. Month of May had 2 days that were not 5 degrees higher than average and June had 7 days the first week that were below average and only 3 inches of rain since March. Even our shrubs, trees and perennials were struggling this spring.
I have also sent photos to Nourse and they’ve said they have someone on staff that could possibly diagnose which disease I’m dealing with. I should hear from them this week.
Thank you for the link for the Diagnostic Tool. I took a quick look at it and see the colored red leaves indicate a fungus and that certain varieties are more susceptible. I hope those I ordered this spring are less so. I ordered Sparkle and Earliglow this year.
Copper sprays - I’ll have to look into that. Thanks.
I haven’t give up on the strawberries yet. I was very happy to see fruit the first week of June and to get a few that were really tasty. This actually fits with what we like and the timing is great. We haven’t a lot else to pick right now, except snap and snow peas. So I will try to make them a crop I can manage to get a decent harvest from, but with my small 1/4 acre lot…it’s not easy to find the room, they have to earn their keep.
I know there is a lot more I could learn to give them a better try. Thanks….