In my small garden I don't have space for a permanent Strawberry bed, but these berries are so delicious that I felt the need to grow some, somehow.
I therefore have a few plants growing in containers. At present the fruit is ripening, so I have protected it from marauding wildlife with a structure made from the frames of my plastic mini-greenhouses and a fine-mesh net. The net is weighed-down at the edges with stones and bricks.
The volume of berries produced by a few plants like these is not big, but growing them is definitely worthwhile. The flavour of a freshly-picked home-grown strawberry (which has never been anywhere near a chiller or fridge!) is something that no supermarket strawberry can match.
This is the way we used one little batch of berries - as a garnish alongside a dish of grilled pears and blue cheese on top of toasted spicy fruit loaf. This is a fabulous combination, I tell you. A beautiful mix of sweet and salty, soft and crunchy. Try it!