Strawberries: how and when to thin and plant runners
This is my first year growing strawberries. I planted Jewel variety in early March about 18" on center. They provided plenty of strawberries this year and sent out an abundance of runners. I want to double the size of my patch and thin them out properly. Here are a few questions:
1. What is the best time to plant the runners into another area?
2. Do I keep some of the runners in the same bed and place them half-way between the original plants?
3. Should I cut down the leaves from the original plants in the fall?
4. Should I cover the plants with mulch for the winter? I know it's good to do that in colder climates, but it doesn't get all that cold here (Don, you there? I'm not far from you)
In the long run I plan on going from 1 40' row to 4 40' rows.
Alternatively, should I order some new plants of another variety and start filling in a new area in the spring?