Posted: 05/07/2013 at 19:15
scousegarden, strawberries ideally need planting in October and will produce the following July and August. You might still get a few this year, but they won't crop properly until next summer, so don't give up on them - they will get better each year until they are about 3 or 4 years old, then they really need replacing as viruses build up in them. If it throws out any runners (long thin shoots with little leaves on the end, pin the end down in a pot of compost with a U of bent wire and that will usually grow into a new plant - for free! Once it has good roots, you can cut the runner from the mother plant.