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Steve Mills

Garden Gleanings- Observations and hand pollinating

Posted Thursday, May 29, 2008, at 1:10 PM
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  • There were lots of honeybees around our house a month or so ago when the holly bushes had those tiny little white flowers.

    -- Posted by bettyhbrown on Thu, May 29, 2008, at 2:55 PM
  • Could you put a sign in your yard Betty and point them to BB. Over the past year we have occasionally had some visitors but I don't know where they came from.

    Our honey bee tree seemed to be alive again last year, but it is quiet now. I don't know if they moved or were decimated by the trachea mite.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, May 29, 2008, at 4:24 PM
  • I need some pollinators, too! I haven't been manually pollinating in hopes of mother nature kicking in.

    My squash plants are HUGE and producing tons of squash (that are not yet ready to harvest).

    My peppers and tomatoes are flowering constantly, but no produce yet. Should I manually pollinate them?

    I have a lot of Marigolds planted around in the garden, but they have not flowered yet. It should be about time for them to show their pretty selves as they are growing fine.

    I still have not had anything nibbling at the leaves, stems, or squash. Every once in a while, I'll find a small hole in the middle of a leaf, but it is not continuous enough for me to take action. *knocking on wood*

    I have noticed something green that layers itself on the top of the soil in the garden. Mold? Mildew? Moss? Not sure, but it is dark green in color.

    -- Posted by Mary on Thu, May 29, 2008, at 10:56 PM
  • It sounds as if your soil is staying wet or is shaded. Break the soil up a bit to keep it from caking over and see if it dries out. No standing water?

    Too much shade would affect your fruiting as well. Do they get at least 6 hours of sunlight?

    If the squash fruit are healthy and growing larger each day, you should be OK. If they are staying small and start to turn yellow at the ends, try pollinating.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, May 30, 2008, at 9:02 AM
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