#17 Grow Strawberries Multiple Years in a Row
Some people grow strawberries as annuals in containers, but you’ll get more bang for your buck if you grow them as perennials. Overwintering isn’t tough, you’ll just want to provide plenty of mulch and avoid fertilization right before the last frost to keep them healthy.
#18 Try Planting in Hills
Consider planting in a hill or mound system if you are growing day-neutral or everbearing strawberries. To do this, you’ll create a mound that’s about eight inches high and two feet across. You’ll put two rows of plants per hill with rows spaced four feet apart. Your yields for this system won’t be as high, but your strawberries will be larger and healthier looking than if you planted in the matted row system.
#19 Watch Out for Slugs and Snails
Slugs and snails love eating strawberries! Keep a close eye on your plants for signs of infestation from hungry snails and slugs. Often, you can keep them away by applying a thick layer of straw mulch, the straw is too rough for their bodies and they don’t like crawling on it.
#20 Limited Space? Plant Vertically in a Plastic Drum
Just poke holes and plant there vertically, several of these will yield enough strawberries for you and your family. Really effective and space-saving way to plant.
#21 Keep them Fresh for Longer
To do this just mix 1 part of white vinegar with 5 parts of water, soak your strawberries for a few minutes and let them drain on a paper towel. This trick will keep them fresh for up to two weeks.