Today I set up some pots with dry soil in it to attempt to let some of my strawberry runners root. If they were in the ground they would spread like a ground cover would. Once it has roots the “daughter” plant can be cut from the “mother” plant giving you an entirely new plant. The white powder you see is diatemacious earth, an organic insecticide that works really well. I want to keep ants and other bugs off of my ripening strawberries.