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I planted yellow squash, cucumbers, zucchini and eggplant. I got two yellow squash. Everything bloomed. Plants looked healthy. No fruit. What am I doing wrong?

Asked by: Michaelmcarthur55
I am going to guess lack of pollination is your problem. You can hand pollinate your squash, cucumbers, and zucchini by transferring pollen from the male flowers to the female flowers. Good luck.
Answered by: hessianguy2
Date published: 2017-11-16

I dug out some peacock ferns early summer & placed in pots.  Unfortunately I never got to replant them elsewhere. It's now November.  Can they be planted now or what should I do with the plants during the winter?

Asked by: Terri5827
I personally would plant them now. They should do fine.
Answered by: hessianguy2
Date published: 2017-11-18

I have seeds from a sun flower and holly hocks. Can these be dried and planted next spring for new growth ? If not, where do the seeds come from? My husband is determined this can be done.

Asked by: Gerb
Certainly. Many people save seeds from year to year. Good luck
Answered by: hessianguy2
Date published: 2017-11-16

I have not been able to plant my tulip bulbs, first too muddy and temps in 30-40 degrees now.  Can I still plant them?

Asked by: Zaza
Yes, you can still plant them unless your ground is frozen solid. You can plant them as late as mid January, although the later you plant them, the later will be their blooms in the spring. Good luck.
Answered by: hessianguy2
Date published: 2017-11-18

I just purchased “seed” garlic and, of course, received more than I want to plant - room wise. Can I treat and eat the remaining unplanted “seed” garlic like purchased store garlic?

Asked by: Nelson T
Yes, no problem. Garlic is garlic. There are no poisons nor toxins applied to your seed garlic.
Answered by: hessianguy2
Date published: 2017-11-16

zone 9 jax fl. I planted waltham Butternut plants two of the plants die, have one left. 3 or 4 fruits got a flower, flower fell off and started to rot at the end and dry up, I have one left about 51/2 long. I hate to give up. Advice Than

Asked by: sthomp
Make sure your female flowers are getting adequately pollinated. I hand pollinate mine. Without pollination, your female flowers will just shrivel up and drop off. Good luck.
Answered by: hessianguy2
Date published: 2017-11-16

Could I use sand to loosen up my soil?

Asked by: Bob1911
Yes, I ordered a dumptruck load of builder's sand and tilled it into my garden. Most vegetables prefer to grow in a somewhat sandy soil. But don't overdo it. Sand will increase watering and fertilizing requirements.
Answered by: hessianguy2
Date published: 2017-11-16

How do you keep squirrels from eating your tomatoes. They absolutely ruined my beautiful tomatoes. They take a few bites and that's it, they are ruined.

Asked by: plug
It sounds more like birds are the culprits to me. You can pick them just as they start to show a streak of orange and then ripen them indoors. Or you can apply bird netting. A little dog will run them off. Good luck.
Answered by: hessianguy2
Date published: 2017-11-16
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