Yummy, yummy strawberries. This is one of the best garden plants for beginners since they are so easy to grown. Great for getting the children involved with gardening and learning to grow their own food too. Strawberries are perennials, so that means you plant them once and they grow and produce fruit year after year. They are very low maintenance – the only thing I suggest to help keep critters away is perhaps growing your strawberries in containers or barrels. I have strawberries in containers and in ground in a part of our garden that I’m trying to use it as a ground cover.
Strawberries are good companion plants too for a variety of other garden plants as well. Some great companions for a strawberry barrel would be lettuce, marigolds, spinach, chives, and mint. If you were doing a strawberry bed you could also start an asparagus bed – this is what I did and have a wonderful perennial bed – put some thyme or sage in and then you could plant annuals like onions or tomatoes, borage.