I'm growing strawberries for the first time this year on my allotment. I've read conflicting reports about what to do in the first year. Some say you should pinch out all flowers in the first year (to allow them to develop a good root system and a better crop in year 2) - but this means no fruit - booooo!
Others say leave them to their own devices. Let them flower in the first year, pick and eat the fruit and it'll make no difference to how they behave in subsequent years.
Can anyone offer some advice, please?