New strawberry plants can be planted between now and early September, 15-18in apart, with a 12 inches between the rows. Plant them in soil, which has been really well enriched with manure or old compost. I saw a very pleasing display recently where the strawberry plants were planted into a copper water cylinder with holes cut in the sides. The plants were growing well and showed no signs of slug damage. This will be down to the fact that slugs do not like copper and also because the cylinder was raised up on bricks to clear it from the ground.