Last September I replaced some of my old strawberry plants with runners (baby strawberry plants) that were produced throughout the summer. The old strawberries were coming to the end of their productive life, so into the compost bins they went. I transplanted the largest runners that had good root systems outside in a new strawberry bed, covering each row with long plastic tunnel cloches during the worst of winter. The smaller runners left over from the end of last summer were potted up and left to overwinter in the mini greenhouse, just to give them a bit more protection. If you haven’t tried propagating your strawberries from runners give it a go this summer, it really is very easy to do and will save you money too.
As you can see from the photo the mini greenhouse specimens have fared pretty well and will be planted out into the strawberry patch with the others. They’re all young plants in the new strawberry patch and will probably fruit lightly, I have a few older productive plants dotted about so I won’t go without my beloved strawbs this summer.