What containers most successful for strawberries?
I've tried searching for old posts, but most seem to be very specific questions. Please forgive a more general question:
Last year I tried planting a single strawberry plant in the ground and it was dismal. it produced maybe three strawberries, all tiny, but we only got to eat one because the other two the stems weren't strong enough to hold them and they were laying on the ground and got damaged (from water or slugs?).
So this year I was thinking about doing strawberries in some kind of container to keep the fruit from rotting on the ground. I was tempted by those hanging bag style ones.
As an eager but somewhat inexperienced newbie...
1. what kind of container would you recommend for the best chances of success with strawberries?
2. would you suggest in-ground instead of containers?
3. if you do strawberries in containers are you still supposed to not harvest the first year so they grow bigger and harvest the next year?