Male & Female Zucchini Flowers! Like most squashes, zucchini has two different types of flowers. Male & Female. New squash develops when the male flower fertilizes the female flower, which happens when bees or other insects move the pollen from the male flowers to the female flowers. In the absence of bees, the female blooms can be pollinated by hand.
Pollination, either by bees or humans, is most effective in early to midmorning and can be done by doing the following:
* Locate a newly opened male bloom. The male bloom appears atop a slender green stem.
* Gather pollen from the male blossom with an unused paintbrush. The sticky yellow pollen clings easily to the bristles of the brush.
* Locate a female bloom. The female blossom has a tiny swollen ovary at its base that looks like a miniature cucumber or squash.
* Look inside the bloom to locate the stamen. This is a sticky pad on a slender stem in the center of the female bloom.
* Brush the pollen from the paintbrush onto the stamen. Its sticky surface attracts the pollen.
* Repeat until all female blooms have been pollinated. The pollen from one male bloom can be used on several female blooms. Gather more pollen from male blooms when necessary.
This system is sitting on gravel but you can set it on the black plastic used for landscaping or just on your lawn. If you don't have a barrier between the ground and the garden you will end up with weeds. You can pick up bags of topsoil for a little bit of nothing, does not have to be potting so
1. Crumble 3 handfuls of moss and add to blender. Pour 3 cups lukewarm water into the blender.
2. Add 2 tbsp water retention crystals or gel.
3. Add 1/2 cup buttermilk.
4. Pulse blender periodically until thoroughly mixed.
5. Pour into proper container for painting/storing.
6. Paint onto wood or rough concrete.
7. Mist weekly or more often if required due to weather conditions/climate.
By growing your cucumbers vertically you can create your own micro climate underneath for your lettuce.Lettuce doesn't like the hot sun and prefers some shade.
1tsp epsom salt in 4 c warm water….spray on plant and then 10 days later. produces more fruit due to boost of magnesium… especially for tomatoes, peppers and roses
One clove of garlic can produce up to 20 more.
Simply plant garlic cloves individually if they've started to sprout, even better!
Otherwise plant them with the pointy end up.
Make sure they are in a sunny location and soil isn't too damp.
You can plant multiple cloves four inches apart either in your yard or in a pot.
It will fair well even if planted among other flowers or vegetables.
Then just sit back and wait for your garlic to grow.
If it's potted, water it occasionally but don't drown it.
As your garlic grows, it will sprout leaves.
Once the leaves turn brown and die, it's time to harvest your garlic.
(Don't harvest any earlier or your cloves will be too small!)
Once you harvest your garlic, hang the bulbs in a cool, dry location to dry them and prevent rot.
Your garlic should dry in about a week, at which time you can simply brush off the dirt and start cooking with the cloves or plant some more!
These are not our ideas but, ones we found online and found they work or interesting.
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