Need a better strawberry set up
Last year was our first garden at our new place, I planned a square foot garden and planted four squares of strawberries. They may be two different varieties and I don't recall what they are (one was from a hanging basket that somehow survived overwintering upside-down in the yard, the other was whatever plugs they had at Lowes that year).
The plants grew fine last year (and expanded to about 6 squares), but all the berries were tiny and shriveled. This year I had read about pinching off all of the flowers until June to get bigger berries, so I did that... sort of. I noticed as I was pinching them off that some of the flowers were MUCH larger than the others, so I left them. Those larger flowers were the only ones that produced nice strawberries, the rest were small and shriveled just like last year. As this season went on, the plants shot out runners like crazy and I clipped them off whenever I saw them leaving their 'squares', but I didn't prune inside the squares at all.
I fear they are really crowded now and if I want a harvest at all next year I need to figure out some other set up. I am NOT good at watering, so I think those strawberry 'towers' are out. I think now is the time to transplant, but I have no idea what to do with them. Pretty sure I could fill at least 8-10 squares, especially if I rooted the runners (I think sfg is 10 strawberries per square foot, so that's like 80-100 plants maybe?).