Why The First Cucumber And Squash Blossoms Don’t Set Fruit

It’s exciting when the season’s first huge squash flowers and small cucumber blossoms begin to open because fruit can’t be far behind, right? Well, not so fast. Gardeners anxious for the first signs of harvest are often disappointed when the first blossoms drop, with no fruit formed. There’s a reason the first blossoms of squash,…
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The Importance Of Thinning Garden Vegetables

It seems a shame to destroy perfectly good little vegetable seedlings. But when rows of carrots, radishes and lettuce emerge from the garden soil as thick as hair on a dog’s back, something must be done. If allowed to progress, too-thick seedlings never develop, resulting in carrots thin as shoestrings by season’s end. There’s an old…
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