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Old 06-15-2013, 02:32 PM   #271
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My straight eight cukes produced one odd ball..........Me thinks I'll keep the seeds for next year, its already over a foot long and has not reached maturity............Still no bees........
If you are getting fruit of any kind at all then pollination is taking place, bees or not. Fruit will not form if the flower is not pollinated (with some rare exceptions- like with figs where the fruit is actually the flower). Many gardeners will pollinate by hand with a paintbrush. Too much pollination can cause small fruits though (somebody ought to tell that to this guy http://wtvr.com/2012/06/14/tennessee-man-has-over-20-kids-owes-child-support-to-15-women/)
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Old 06-15-2013, 02:58 PM   #272
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Default Self pollination.............

I do this when i see no bees or wasp......... I'll pick the largest male flower to breed with the largest female........Tomatoes are same, Largest flower to largest flower............down here we have Hawk moths at nite that might be doing some good along with the bad.................Laying eggs........By the by, When you inspect your tomato's for worms and such, look for small round eggs on the leaves, less than a pin head in size and green in colour. Just one, for this is the tomato horn worm............
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Tomato horn worm Ye say? Plant borage around the base of tomato plants, the smell will repel them. This is the first year I've tried borage, I don't know how well it works yet. I've had hornworms the last two years though.

Photo taken with Droid in my garden two years ago.
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Tomato horn worm Ye say? Plant borage around the base of tomato plants, the smell will repel them. This is the first year I've tried borage, I don't know how well it works yet. I've had hornworms the last two years though.

Photo taken with Droid in my garden two years ago.
Good grief! That sucker looks like he could take a finger!

Hope works better for you this year.

Our cabbage is so-so. About half of it is coming along just dandy, but the other half is looking a bit sick...
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Radish anyone? Lettuce and spinach will be made into a big salad for fathers day tomorrow. Turnips are almost ready.

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Finally getting some warm weather.
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We started planting our cantaloupe hills,as we were doing this we started looking around and had a bunch of volunteer cantaloupe plants,so we went a head and transplanted them to the hills and they're doing really good.
Hahaha well The volunteer cantaloupe sprouts we transplanted on our cantaloupe hills,turned out to be the blue lake bean sprouts that washed down the garden during our flooding lol

Good thing we planted cantaloupe seeds on the hills,they're sprouting up,but not like the blue lake beans we transplanted on the hills.
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Hahaha well The volunteer cantaloupe sprouts we transplanted on our cantaloupe hills,turned out to be the blue lake bean sprouts that washed down the garden during our flooding lol

Good thing we planted cantaloupe seeds on the hills,they're sprouting up,but not like the blue lake beans we transplanted on the hills.
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Your gonna end up with canteans.

We always have some volunteers. We just roll with it.
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Your gonna end up with canteans.

We always have some volunteers. We just roll with it.

Haha vikingdad,this old gardner has been a bit confused It looks like they are cantaloupe after all,but until we see fruit we may just go with canteans lol

We actually made three more cantaloupe hills because we have so many volunteers everywhere,even with the drought last year we had a fairly nice cantaloupe patch,this year we're a month or two behind.

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I like to pick my vegetables from the local grocery store. They are fresh, cheaper than growing your own, and quite frankly, just as good. The best part is not getting chiggers and ticks while I "tend to my garden".
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