Growing Berries in Your Backyard
There are two types of planting systems for strawberries. If you have limited garden space, the matted row is an excellent layout choice. Create rows spaced 4 feet apart. Then place plants along the row, leaving 18” in between. Once plants are established, allow runners to fill areas in between.
The matted row is a very productive way to grow strawberries, but if rows get too crowded, fruit will stay small and disease may occur. Remove dead leaves and berries weekly, and prune a few leaves off each plant to make the area less dense.
Another planting method is the hill. Create hills that are 2-3 feet apart and place plants one foot apart. Pinch off all runners that form during the first season.