Posted: 04/02/2015 at 21:33
If you want strawberries this year then best buy plants.
There are lots of different varieties. A selection which fruit at different times will prolong your strawberry picking season. Check the ladels when you buy.
June-bearing strawberry varieties usually produce large strawberries over a period of 2 to 3 wks around June time but you can also get early season, midseason, and late season which will prolong your harvest through July.
Then there is everbearing strawberries which aren't but will produce two harvests each year one in Spring and one in late Summer although there are a lot less strawberries in late Summer.
Grown strawberries for years and bought two plants each of four new and different varieties in 2013, two of which were Cambridge Favourite and Pegasus can't remember the other two. The aim was to prolong the harvest. Would recommend these two, ever so tasty and produce large fruits.
If you opt for alpine strawberries, these varieties produce smaller fruits and don't put out runners but self seed. You can also get white alpine strawberries.
Wouldn't recommend you grow strawberries with other veg because they will put out runners and like their own bed. Having said that if space is limited they'll quite happily grow under fruit trees and bushes providing it's not too shadey.