Answer: There are several possibilities in causing the lack of fruit. One would be that the soil itself is not suited to the planting. Another would be that the woodchips either robbed the soil temporarily of nitrogen or possibly were too deep and kept rain from reaching the soil so the plants were stressed. Another possibility would be improper pruning techniques. Another possibility would be that cold weather precluded blooming and thus berries. You might start out by testing the soil and adding any ferilizer or amendments based on the results. Then review your pruning and watering techniques to make sure they are optimizing the berry production. Finally, you might want to verify with your extension (679-3010) that the variety you are growing is well suited to your area. They should also be able to help you with the soil testing and interpreting the results. I hope this helps.
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