I have a raised bed garden, 4' x 8' x 2' and have planted Honeoye...

Asked December 4, 2014, 1:44 PM EST

I have a raised bed garden, 4' x 8' x 2' and have planted Honeoye strawberries in it. What if anything do I need to do to protect the strawberries during winter?

Polk County Wisconsin

1 Response

Strawberries get their name from the way we protect them in winter -- cover with straw mulch. Honeoye is one of the more hardy cultivars.

From page 9 in the book "Growing Strawberries in Wisconsin" Extension publication A1597: PDF available at http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCAQFjAA...

Damage to the crown can be expected if temperatures drop below 18 degrees F. Applying a good loose mulch will protect the plants against cold. Cover plants with clean (free of weed seeds) marsh hay, sudangrass, coarse wheat or rye straw or other suitable material when the ground has frozen about 1/2-inch deep....Apply enough to provide settled mulch 2-4 inches deep.

For more detailed information on growing strawberries in Wisconsin, please download the free PDF mentioned above.

Thank you for your question. Hope this helps.