We got 32 plants from our local nursery at the farmers market about a month ago. The plants sat outside hardening up through a few cold weeks before we got around to planting them. A big strip of carpet covers the whole bed and we just planted through holes cut at regular spacings. The carpet keeps weeds at bay, retains heaps of moisture underneath and best of all, keeps the fruit nice and clean when they emerge.
We spread a bit of dynamic lifter fertiliser in the planting holes before they went in and other than watering when needed, that should be it until the fruit starts.