To grow strawberries, plant the berries in loose, well-draining soil that has been amended with fertilizer, and provide the plants with 1 inch of water each week. Place a net over the plants until the plants are established, and harvest ripe berries frequently.
Before planting strawberries, choose an area that receives full sun, turn the soil, and mix an organic fertilizer into the soil. Form rows that are 6 to 12 inches wide and spaced 3 to 4 feet apart, and dig tapered holes that are 12 inches deep and 8 to 15 inches apart along the row. Pour 1 teaspoon of slow-release fertilizer in the bottom of each hole, cover the fertilizer with soil, and plant the strawberries.
Provide the strawberries with 1 inch of water per week using a drip irrigation system that delivers water to the plant's roots, and cover young plants with netting to protect developing berries. Do not water the plants from above after strawberries are present, as this may contribute to disease. Cover the surrounding area with mulch to prevent weed growth, and prune the plant as needed throughout the growing season.
When the plants are well-established, remove the nets. Strawberries are typically ripe within 30 days of blooming, and are harvested every few days when temperatures are mild. Harvest ripe berries daily when temperatures are hot.