- Oct 15, 2017
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- mid-Michigan, USoA
well you shouldn't need compost every year in the veggie gardens if you are rotating your crops, but it also depends a lot upon how intensive you are gardening in those areas.I think the soil may be too fast draining in one of the locations. The other 10x20 gets 12+ bags of compost every year, and I recently started fish fertilizer during the growing season which really seemed to help with stunting, a problem I had previously.
No, the water it's not salty. I do wonder if @digitS' is onto something with the bees. When I looked up poor pollination, that's exactly what appears to be happening, but why would the bees stick their little noses up at my squash when there are so many bees (of different species even) absolutely everywhere in my yard? Why hop the fence and go to the neighbors squash instead? Why pollinate the cherry tree but not the cucumbers? It's just so puzzling.
hmm, bees, perhaps they don't like all the sprays? do you have any bumblebees or ground nesting bees around, those are the ones most effective at pollinating the native vining plants. or if you are keeping bees perhaps they are defending their turf a bit too aggressively so that the native bees can't get at the vines.
but for me this season on some plants it was certainly the temperature because nothing was setting on the melons or squash for weeks at a time and them, all at once we had some finally take (and they were clumped together). but not the cucumbers which i found odd.
i do know that with some plants they'll have male only flowers for a while and then finally get some female flowers out there - i'm guessing this is to encourage the spread of pollen around instead of only to the self. i.e. to prevent mostly inbreeding.