Earlier this year I bought four little Strawberry plants from my local Garden Centre, just for amusement really, but in fact they went on to produce a small but very tasty crop of berries, which has inspired me to make this fruit a regular feature of my plot. Well, the first thing I need to do is get MORE plants. Sorry, Mr.Garden Centre Owner, but I'm not going to buy any more from you (reasonable as they were - 4 for £5), because I am going to get mine for free...
My "Strawberry bed" currently consists of a plastic storage-crate containing the original four plants, housed in the big wooden planter outside our kitchen window:
Following Sue's advice, I have trimmed off most of the big old leaves, to allow light to reach the crowns of the plants and promote the formation of new growth for next year.
I have given each of these nodes a plastic pot full of compost as a home in which to put down its roots. To keep things in place I have pegged-down the runner with a U-shaped "staple" made from wire cut from an old coat-hanger.
Some of the runners have more than one node:
This is what the whole ensemble looks like now: