Posted: 16/04/2015 at 23:56
Stagbeetle - I love strawberries, been growing them in the back garden for over 20yrs. You can't beat strawberries picked straight from the garden.
For a crop this year try to obtain plants from other plot holders.
When buying or establishing your own crop, the packs of six plants sound like a bargin but each plant will put out runners of new plants for next year, resulting in lots of plants of the same variety all producing strawberries at the same time, and in the long term, gluts.
Buying single plants of different varieties flowering at different times over the summer, although slightly more expensive, means a longer harvest and less chance of a glut. Read the labels when buying to find out when they crop. I'd suggest two plants of each of your choice. You should then have 4 - 6 plants from each plant for next year and a respectable patch which is producing strawberries over a number of months.
Early varieties or perpetual strawberries produce two crops each year, if the weather is on our side. They flower about June and again in September.
What ever you choose, at least 6 or more plants should produce a respectable number of plants for next year.