Overwintering Potted Strawberries?
A cold frame you could open and close would be a nice project. It is too bad the critters got even to the fruit in your strawberry barrels.
I would set them out and mulch them as you have suggested. Just try to get seasoned mulch without diseases and things. Frost is your real enemy. Snow is actually a reasonably good insulator.
Strawberry plants are often sold as a little more than dried stubs in sterilized mulch, straw, etc. in mesh or plastic bags. You might try a few this way, stored in the basement. Just bring them out into the light of day as soon as you can.
Deciding what to do with container plants in winter climates is always a tough call. And with things like strawberry pots the roots get entwined and the potting soil in the pot becomes root bound after a season or two. One hates to loose productive plants though.
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