Hi, Elaine. You say that your berries are ever-bearing, but at least as important to know is the variety name: Some just aren’t as large or tasty as others. And ever-bearing varieties (as well as day-neutral kinds) are usually smaller-fruited than June-bearers that only produce the single crop. So variety can come into the picture. So can moisture (as with any fruit crop); the best yield of best-quality fruit will be with an even supply of moisture through the growing season, but especially when the fruit is forming–a deep soaking of an inch or two a week at the roots, not just a spritz with the hose-end sprayer. Strawberry patches should be cleaned up each year and "renovated" (this bulletin from University of Illinois tells how, along with a good description of the hill method of planting, http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/strawberries/growing.html). And yes, they like to be fed. Usually this is recommended in July or thereabouts, with a balanced fertilizer. And at winter’s end and again when you renovate the bed each year, compost, compost, compost. Margaret
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.