Strawberries are a small-fruit crop that is popular to grow in the home garden. There are three types of strawberries available: Junebearing strawberries produce fruit in May and June in the year after planting; everbearing strawberries provide fruit throughout the growing season; and dayneutral strawberries produce berries all season for two years and then need to be replanted. All types of strawberries are available as bare root plants, which are plants without soil surrounding their roots. It costs less in postage if strawberry plants are shipped bare root from the nursery.
Remove all weeds and grass from the planting area. Bare root strawberries are usually planted in late April or after the danger of the last spring frost has past. Till the soil under with a rototiller. This will loosen the soil and make it easier for the strawberries to root.
Place the roots of the strawberries in a shallow pan of water to prevent the roots from drying out. Do not leave the roots in the water more then 30 minutes.
Dig a hole with a hand trowel deep enough to hold the roots. Do not compact the soil while digging.
Place the strawberry plant in the hole so the crown is level with the top of the soil. Back fill the hole with soil.
Firm the soil around the strawberry plant with your foot. Pour a cup of water around the roots of the plant. Set your strawberry plants 18 to 24 inches apart. Daughter plants grown on runners will fill in the rows. Set your rows 36 to 48 inches apart, depending on how much room you need to care for the strawberry plants.