Mrs. Reaganite picked some strawberries yesterday. This is the sad result of not picking off the blooms and letting them try to produce fruit in the first year.
A few weeks ago, we decided to go ahead and let them bloom and try to produce. As you can see, they look sick, small, an unappetizing. It's been said that if you to pick the blooms in the first year, the plant will focus on root development and you'll be rewarded in your second season for your patience. I tend to believe that now.