OK, so I've been thinking... this spring me and my neighbor went together to put in a large order of rasp from nourse. I went and got compost and tilled a strip and mixed in the compost etc. I think it was a seafood compost by seeing lobster pieces and seashells in it... so a nice tilled strip and compost and it sounded lovely. My neighbor dind't have anything. she didn't till it and didn't add anythign to the dirt. hers went in where there were some evergreen trees that they cut down. mine went in by the edge of a strip of trees that go between me and another neighbor. I think there are some pine trees there I don't know if that makes a difference.
OK... so we both put them in, I got mine in first and then a couple days later I helped her get hers in. buried them the same way because I helped LOL! we watered them the same amount too for the first few weeks. then she stopped watering regularly and I still watered once or twice per week (I quit after they started dying on me thinking maybe they had too much water, which I don't think they did since it was so hot and dry and the ground was dry as a bone). it was 90*+ daily from the day we put them in till about now. mid 80's to low 90's all summer. VERY little rain. my plants half of them died and they aren't looking that great. hers are growing great. nice and tall and filling in and she didn't lose but 1 or 2.
SOOOO, I feel like it is a soil thing. I added good stuff to my soil and she didn't and hers are doing great and mine aren't. her berries are nice and big and juicy and mine aren't!!! what on earth is going on? you'd think mine would be better since I have compost and I tilled it etc kwim?