A little bit of fall maintenance will really kick start your strawberries next spring. Strawberries are fairly hearty, even in the northeast, but they do require some help.  First of all, weed your bed thoroughly and pull out any plants that have dried up and died.  In the spring they can be replaced with healthy young plants.  There are a variety of mulches that will serve as good protectors of your strawberries, including straw, pine needles, floating row covers, leaves, etc.  And don't forget snow!  This is a great insulator, but can be somewhat unreliable as those of us in New England know. Check out this video from the University of Maine and you will be all set come spring of 2017.    

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