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    Default Growing strawberries in guttering. Anyone tried this?

    I have acquired some free guttering and thinking about putting my strawberries in as most were got by the slugs this year, I think between them and my toddler I managed to get 4!

    Do I put drainage holes in the bottom or should I put them on a tilt so the water runs from one gutter down into the other?
    How many plants should I put in per meter?

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    My immediate thought is that guttering isn't deep enough to hold sufficient compost
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    I had this same thought yesterday - I was offered some beautiful old wooden guttering. I turned it down thinking there wouldnt be enough soil in there - as AP said. Let me know if you decide to give it a go though!
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    I put some of mine into hanging baskets in the polytunnel last year with great success and then transplanted into the garden after they had finished fruiting. I found I was able to pack them quite tightly - 4 mature plants into each 12 inch diameter basket, but the more tightly you pack them, the more frequently you will need to feed and water.
    If it was me, I'd drill a few drainage holes.
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    Ideally they need replanting every other year and I only use them to extend the season as a treat as you don't get masses. Skeggi grew his in baskets this year and done well. Gutter is also good for cut and come again as it is away from slugs.

    There are a couple of threads, but I can't find them
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    what do you guys think of this, will they do better in here?Attachment 60111
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    ^ Looks good, but unless you've already got one, free is better
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