Planting bare-root strawberries is an economical method of propagation for these early-summer, fruit-bearing plants. Strawberries will grow in most any soil as long as it is a well-drained soil. According to Utah State University, the growing site must have access to full sun and orientated on a north-facing slope. This will prevent early blooms from freezing due to late frosts.
Break the topsoil in the new strawberry bed. Work the soil to a depth of 12 inches with the rototiller.
Layer organic compost over the growing bed to a depth of 2 to 3 inches. Broadcast the 10-10-10 fertilizer over the compost at a rate of 1/2 to 1 lb. per 100 square feet.
Incorporate all of the material into the soil to a final depth of 12 inches.
Keep the roots of the bare-root strawberry plants moist. Never allow them to dry out.
Remove one plant from the bare-root plants. Using the hand spade, dig a hole in the new growing bed that equals the width of the roots spread outward. Pull all dead leaves from the plant.
Set the bare-root plant into the soil so the junction point between the roots and the upper stems lay at the soil surface. This junction point is also called the crown of the plant. The bare roots must lay just under the top of the finished soil line.
Fill the soil in and around the bare roots. Press the loose soil firmly around the roots. Water immediately. Add enough water to remove excess air from around the roots and improve soil contact.
Space the strawberry plants 12 to 15 inches apart in rows that are staggered at the same distance of 12 to 15 inches.