Fall Planted Strawberries
Buoyed by my recent zone change from deep into 7a to 7b, although 7a lurks only ten miles to the north and a couple of hundred feet higher, and some recent successes in planting onions and spinach in the fall for overwintering and spring harvest. I'm thinking about setting out a few strawberry plants this fall for overwintering and spring harvest. Spring plantings never make it through the summer. In fact, many years ago when I first tried that my grandmother told me I would need an irrigation well (rather than the windmill we had) to keep them going all summer and she was probably right since I never had any success.
Anyway, the Permian Basin Master Gardeners website suggests planting Douglas, Chandler, or Sequoia varieties in late September or early October for a spring harvest and then pulling the plants after harvest and starting over again in the fall. Their only caution was covering the plants with mulch when temperatures drop below 15F. Since most winters we only have a few nights that get that cold, I thought I would try it.
Have any of you in the colder parts of north or west Texas had any luck with this or advice to offer?