How to keep strawberry plants from dying in an old coal car?

I thought they would do well, but only a very few survived, over the winter.
  7 answers
  • Michelle Michelle on May 21, 2017
    Is there good drainage?

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 22, 2017
    Are they getting dull sun?

  • Sarah Sarah on May 22, 2017
    Yes, full sunlight, pretty much all day

  • Bulldog Bulldog on May 23, 2017
    they should do fine with sunlight maybe try adding some compost to soil

  • Sarah Sarah on May 24, 2017
    When we started the plants we added some of our composite that we made and they did well, lots of berries. Could the problem be not covering the planter?

  • Michelle Michelle on May 25, 2017
    Is there any leaking metal that could contaminate the soil? Iron etc?

  • Sarah Sarah on May 26, 2017
    This container has been filled with cement blocks and wood planks, covered in black garden cloth. It has always done well with flowers. Maybe just the plants we got last year. We have planted new this year and I guess we wait and see. Thank you for your suggestion, it is appreciated.