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Re: Carrots

Post  Blackrose on 6/28/2010, 10:23 pm

Thank you for the information Shoda! I've never grown cucumbers before, so I had no idea. I don't know that I have a small paint brush around. Would a Q-Tip work?

There are a ton of other flowers on the plant, but from what I can tell only the one female flower.


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Re: Carrots

Post  kimbertangleknot on 6/28/2010, 10:37 pm

@Blackrose wrote:I don't know that I have a small paint brush around. Would a Q-Tip work?

I believe that would work. For my tomato plants, and actually most of my plants, I use the "put my hand near the blooms, lightly rub my hand along the blooms, repeat, repeat, repeat." Tomatoes are growing on about all the blooms I was able to do this with. I've done this with my melon as well when I noticed it was dropping flowers, after doing it, problem fixed and I now I have four melons growing, and two of them are starting to turn yellow on the tops like they are suppose to! Woot!

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Post  cansaskgard on 6/28/2010, 10:50 pm

For my tomato and pepper plants, I use one of those vibrating toothbrushes and just lightly touch the stem with it.

My squashes and such I use either the q-tip or paint brush. (nice zucchini growing now)

I don't know too much about strawberries but the ones I have in a hanger (wild ones dug from my front yard) I just run my hand over back and forth rustling up the flowers. It's either the bugs or myself doing something right 'cause I just picked about 7 little red round balls of sweetness.

As for my carrots, I have done 3 succession plantings thus far and things are not moving too fast here either. In fact germination rate is not too well but weather could be a big factor.


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Re: Carrots

Post  Blackrose on 6/29/2010, 7:47 pm

I was out all day at the zoo with my daughters, so I haven't had a chance to check the garden yet. But, I'm heading out there right now with Q-Tip in hand to pollinate some cukes!


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Re: Carrots

Post  Megan on 6/29/2010, 7:58 pm

Hm.... no paintbrushes here, but I was using a dried-out chive stem ;-)


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Re: Carrots

Post  donnainzone5 on 6/30/2010, 10:34 am

To go back to "carrots" ....

I had a stray thought the other day. Since my carrots typically take about 8 months to mature (sort of), perhaps part of the problem is insufficient water. So, prior to planting a new square, I thoroughly soaked the area, down at least 8".

I'll report on this experiment from time to time.


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