You'll never taste a strawberry sweeter than an alpine, also called "fraises des bois." These wild strawberries, hardly larger than a small fingernail, pack a big taste. While most refrain from growing them--they produce such small fruit and low yields--the first bite of these strawberries makes you want more. Alpines may be started from seed, but germination is unpredictable; it's easier to grow plants purchased from a nursery. Choose a sunny spot to plant alpine strawberries, one where they will receive sun the majority of the day.
Rake or rototill the area where you will plant the strawberries. Dig the tines into the soil, working to a depth of 8 inches. Work in rows, turning at the end of a row and tilling to the opposite end. Dig until the soil is completely loose.
Sort through the soil by hand, removing any rocks or weeds dislodged from tilling.
Apply a 1-inch layer of compost on top of the soil. Use the rototiller or rake to mix the compost into the soil, working in rows, until the compost is thoroughly blended into the soil.
Dig one hole per strawberry plant, using the shovel. Space holes 1 foot apart; make the holes deep and wide enough to accommodate the roots of the plant.
Spread the roots of the strawberry plant inside the hole. Set the crown of the plant--where the stem and roots meet--at the top soil level.
Pack the soil firmly around the plant.
Water around the base of the plant until well saturated. Use a slow, gentle stream of water.