Posted: 24/09/2016 at 10:20
Roy, As Fairygirl mentions, if your patch is getting crowded you can identify the oldest plants as those will have developed woody stems about as thick as a finger and a few inches long. Once they reach that size they are past their best and you should dig that whole plant out and could replace it with one grown from a runner.
When grown in a patch like this, strawberries will naturally colonise the area by sending out runners which will root where they touch the ground. Because of this, the patch can get a bit overcrowded so if that has happened to yours just remove some of the oldest plants and dig a bit of well rotted manure into the spot where it was and this will feed the surrounding plants and give them a bit of room to grow.
It's also best to move the whole patch every few years as the plants will exhaust the soil and pests and diseases will build up, making it less and less productive each year.
Last edited: 24 September 2016 10:20:29