Posted: 13/02/2016 at 11:38
The recommended cycle for Strawberries is three years, first year remove flowers and let the plants build a good root, second year fruit, third year fruit, fourth year compost. As an old gardener I know this to be just a guide. Starting my plants back into life at the end of March (NE England) by cleaning the tops removing any broken or old stalks and repotting putting some of the more advanced ones in the greenhouse for an early crop. They are all in pots so I can move them around and keep the snails off them, lifting them onto tables or on top of other pots that way I can turn them daily.
I let the first year fruit, the second year are up to speed and third year always seem tastier do'nt ask me why. I take the runners into pots as soon as they show and last year some fruited in September, they do not look any the worse for it. Fourth year I put aside take any runners then compost them although if they fruit I let them do that first. We gardeners do our own thing after years of experience we live and learn in fact never stop learning. Let your plants flower and fruit it could be your best crop yet.