At first, I found strawberries difficult to maintain in my zone 8b garden. They would produce in early spring and then die during the summer. Lately, I have learned to plant them in late fall and monitor them for disease and pests during the heat of summer. The Alpine strawberries are beginning to produce from last year’s planting. I recently planted Camerosa strawberry starts and have been pulling the blooms off so they can grow and become more established before bearing fruit.