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I'll be ordering more from Miller this year... last year was tough on the new plants. I just put a dozen 'Quinalt' into grow bags to hang on the deck, so I might try that with some 'Mara' also...
Meanwhile, here's a hot tip... I got 4 pounds of strawberries for $8 from Costco a couple days ago (just joined). Price & quality are as good as any "in season," from the store. They're not quite as tasty as 'Mara', but the berries are sweet and fragrant and HUGE (the "eat them like an apple and throw away the core" kind of huge).
I think 'Quinalt' is what I have too. I got all my starts from a friend that got them from Lowe's. They're big sellers there.
My son just brought home a carton of the biggest strawberries I've ever seen. I was surprised that they were all red and not mushy. We'll see how well they taste tonight with shortcake & whipped cream!
Karen, you might try some in a hanging basket or grow bag... you'd at least have "garden snacks" even if you didn't harvest quarts each day. I think I'm going to have to protect my grow bag from the birds & squirrels who have become accustomed to getting snacks from feeders on the deck... I think I can just drape netting over it if need be.
Go for it! I've tucked alpine strawberries just here & there among flowers... no reason not to do that with regular strawberries, as far as I know, although the plants might not be as big or as productive with competition from other plants.