Monday, July 20, 2009

Last orders...

Here is Dad's old Honda on its last trip to the tip before being traded in tomorrow. I never felt completely at home in a gold 4x4 but it has happy associations with F. I. Lee and it is a bit of a wrench to let it go. Uses far too much petrol though...


Blogger Peggy said...

Hi Mike, your plot is enviable,they were empty square beds a short time ago now they are bursting with produce.Have you pumpkins in? Ours are growing like mad and producing small fruits that die off at golf ball size.They have only produced female flowers so far so this may be the problem but I don't have enough experience growing them to know for certain.Any ideas would be appreciated

Thursday, 23 July, 2009  
Blogger Mike said...

Hi Peggy, thanks for your comment - much appreciated - I will look into the pumpkin business and see what I can find out...

Sunday, 26 July, 2009  
Blogger Mike said...

Hi Peggy - I found the following advice at may not be terribly helpful - is the situation improving at all?

1) early flowers don't set fruit. A couple of possible reasons: (1) the first flowers to appear are male; female flower appear next. Fruit is produced by female flowers. Wait until female flowers appear and are pollinated. (2) There may not be enough pollinators, mostly bees, to carry the pollen from male to female flowers. Pick off male flowers and dust the pollen into the female flowers.

2) Few fruits form even though plants are flowering. Not enough bees. The more bees the more flowers that are likely to set fruit. The average size of a squash is increased when the vine is pollinated by many bees.

3) Small fruits form then dry up. Female flowers may have blossomed before the male flowers so the female flowers went unpollinated. When female and male flowers blossom at the same time pollination will occur and fruit will grow.

Friday, 31 July, 2009  

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