Re: alpine - I first got my seeds probably 5+ years ago - they germinate pretty easily, and don't always like being transplanted. Mine have been in so long they re-seed here and there at will and I generally let them :-) They are primarily on the south side of an asparagus bed which runs east to west. This companion planting gives them a little protection in the summer from the western sun. BTW they all survived this killer frost. Check out The Strawberry Store for seeds - they are a new supplier whom I have not bought from, but I have been in touch (looking at the Pineberry Strawberry) from them, but they have very good response to questions. Bakers and other reliable sources sell one or both the red and white Alpines. Good luck. If you go with seed, wait until first week in March when the soil is warming to seed in, make sure you keep the surface moist but not soggy and just barely dust some soil over the seeds to maximize germination success.
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