By Alex Gardner

Strawberries are nutritious and versatile. A serving contains 149 percent of the recommended value of Vitamin C, and they can be eaten alone, added to salads or preserved to enjoy any time of year. Even if you do not like their taste, you can plant them as ground cover or edging plants.

The three main types of strawberries are June-bearing, everbearing and day-neutral. June-bearing varieties produce one crop that is generally ready to pick in June. Everbearing strawberries usually produce one crop in spring and one in late summer. Day-neutral strawberry varieties prefer the cooler months but, given the right conditions, bear fruit from June through September.

The best time to plant is generally in early spring, from late March to early April. Growers in colder climates should wait until the ground is workable and relatively dry, as strawberries do not root well in soil saturated with water.

After three to four years of fruit production, you should start new plants because the amount of fruit decreases within a few seasons, according to an Ohio State University Extension fact sheet.