This is my second year of a new variety and location of strawberries. Half of the bed is two year old plants this summer, and the other half is new starts. I have shifted from June Berries to a recommended northern everbearing called Fort Laramie. So far I love the berry - large, productive, sweet and cold tolerant. My question is regarding the process of the new starts. I did a lot of reading and the message seemed to be to invest in your plant's future size and health by removing all first flowers and runners until the second bloom. I did this last year, and this year I do have nice full plants. However....it is a painful process in a short season to pinch the first flowers of a promised strawberry, and then take the gamble of losing the entire plant over winter ( I lost one third of my plants last winter to voles and winter kill). My gut is telling me to just go with what the plant wants and let the first flowers do their thing, but continue to pinch off the runners. I would really appreciate if anyone could share their experience with first season strawberry starts, and how they found the plant/fruit production the second year. Thanks so much.