As strawberries are hardy things, they’re ideal to plant in autumn, so they can root down well in warm soil and get settled before flowering and fruiting next spring and summer. In fact, doing it now is actually often better than planting them in spring.
If you have strawberries already, it may be a case of tidying up what you’ve got, freshening up the soil, straw and foliage, and removing old plants in favour of new ones. You may even want to get creative with your patch and try out some longer-fruiting, season spanning types. Or why not go natural and try some alpine varieties? They like shade, cool conditions and are attractive plants that fruit for ages. They can be planted in borders along with your ornamentals and they’re easier to care for than cultivated ones as they need no care!
You’ve probably gone for early summer-bearing fruiters before, but have your tried perpetual strawberries? Varieties such as ‘Mara des Bois’ or ‘Aromel’ fruit from July right into autumn.
To plant, keep the soil free from weeds, well-worked and lightly acidic for best results, and dig in a good helping of compost or manure and a sprinkle of Growmore. As strawberries need really well-draining soil, consider planting them in a raised bed.