I have questions about strawberry and would like to hear opinions from people in California and similar climates.
Where do you buy strawberry plants? Local suppliers or online sellers who ship early? I plan to start on a small scale, probably less than a dozen plants.
What is the right time to plant them? (I’m in zone 9B and some years we can get down to 28 F for a few hours in February. I usually plant tomatoes in the ground in late February / early March.)
Which varieties do you prefer? I know that everybody loves Mara des Bois so that would probably be my first choice but maybe you have some additional suggestions for high eating quality varieties.
Any growing tips? I know that strawberry likes sandy soil, do you buy sand and mix it with something? (I plan to grow in containers, so can make the right growing medium.) How much water strawberry needs? Sources for organic straw? Protection from slugs, birds, or any other pests?
Thank you very much!