denata, how big is your strawberry patch?
We just started a strawberry patch for the first time in 40 years or so. The birds are all the new plants. Wind chimes and a solar owl with motion sensor lighted eyes didn't bother the birds at all.
We have a lot of snow (about a yard), it is like a heater covering strawberries in winter. We have a couple of beds 6 square yards growing small, about 3/4 inch.
Potatoes are stored in the basement of the garage, around +5°C (40°F), and do not need to be washed after harvest.