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My tomato plants are doing ok but it’s almost time to start a new crop. I have Big boy and Early Girl planted this year.
My cucumbers looked good but didn’t produce a single cucumber. I pulled them all out. I didn’t see one bee so I guess I won’t be enjoying any at this time. My neighbor’s cucumbers are not doing well either. My peppers were good for about 2 peppers on each of my 2 plants then they just about stopped producing. Even my yellow squash is not doing that well.
But the my tomatoes are doing great! I think I have given away about 30 lbs. of Tomatoes to our friends! The picture shows what I have left and there’s a few more left in the garden also. I have to pick them as soon as I see a little red on them because the birds peck at them and brake the skin.
Thanks for looking in!

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida



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hardiness zone 9a

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justjoel

1062 posts in 1953 days
hardiness zone 7a

posted 402 days ago

As you noted, the bees might be the problem. Tomatoes are self pollinating (as are peppers, I believe), so you don’t have the male & female flower issue that you need the bees and other pollinators for. Make or get yourself a Mason Bee Hotel. There are several projects on GardenTenders (a couple of them are mine) that can show you examples, but there is even more authoritative information out there. I looked on my local Cooperative Extension site for some good information. There is still time for the summer bloomers to bring in the smaller Mason Bees and build their nests and lay “eggs” for next season – then they are locals to your yard next year!

And/or, if you’ve the time, you can be your own little pollinator, and again there is likely information on this site and others on how to do that. Certainly wouldn’t be too hard for the big flowers of cucumbers and squashes and such to take a nice new, smallish paint brush (might need one for each type of plant or variety you are planning on pollinating, so you don’t get any weird crosses) and be-like-a-bee and spread the pollen from flower to flower.

Your tomatoes look great, I don’t even have any flowers yet, so you are way ahead of me there.

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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Tony

89 posts in 558 days
hardiness zone 9a

posted 402 days ago

Thanks joel!
I’ll give the Mason Bee Hotel a try. I did try self pollinating a few cucumber flower but I had no luck at all. I did get a few squash doing that though. It was the first time I tried it on cucumbers so I’m not sure I did it right.
Where have all the bees gone? When my lemon tree blooms I see bees. I have plenty of flowering plants all over the yard but I only see bumble bees in them.
Thanks again for the info!
Tony

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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MsDebbieP

14673 posts in 2573 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 401 days ago

“time to start a new crop” ... boggles my mind how different the gardening routine is for a zone 9+ vs a zone 5.

Congrats re: the tomatoes!! Nice. And just look at all that GREEN in the photo… very impressive.

Good luck with the bee hotel.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Tony

89 posts in 558 days
hardiness zone 9a

posted 401 days ago

Debbie,
I lived in New England for 45 years and I know just what your thinking when you see all that green at this time of the year if you live in the north that is. It’s so pleasing to the eye to see “GREEN” after a long winter! I love spring and summer and I must say I’m in Green heaven living here in zone 8b. I would like it even more if we lived 10b. I’m thankful for having what we have here, I can’t complain! I must watch our tropical plants very closely here during the winter. We saw 25 F or 4 C this past winter. We lost a few things but I always keep a cutting for back up.
Thanks for the congrats Debbie! I wish I could Gift you with a few pounds of garden tomatoes! :)

justjoel,
Thanks again for the tip about the Bees! I went out and did a little hand pollenating this morning.

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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MsDebbieP

14673 posts in 2573 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 401 days ago

a picture is worth a thousand words as they say .. and almost a tasty snack via the internet :D

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Radicalfarmergal

4296 posts in 1836 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 400 days ago

One of the benefits of living down south, delicious tomatoes most of the year. As you know, we have to enjoy them when they are in season and preserve them for the rest of the year. Thankfully, our first cherry tomatoes are almost ready to pick!

Wasps will pollinate your vegetables as well. If you plant flowers that attract a variety of pollinators, you might have more success with your cucumbers. Try planting some herbs, such as lavender, comfrey, borage, yarrow, anise hyssop or sage, to attract a variety of pollinators into your garden.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Dusty56

39 posts in 1010 days

posted 392 days ago

More rain than Sun up here in Taxachusetts, Tony. Triple H’s for about 3 weeks in a row…YUCK !
I got brave enough to plant six ‘mater plants this year and I have just about the same about of tomatoes. Still small and green though. Hoping for some drier, and sunnier weather soon. Those tomatoes look great and your garden looks like a rainforest from here : )

Happy 4th of July , my friend : )
Len

-- Where would we be without the farmers ?

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Tony

89 posts in 558 days
hardiness zone 9a

posted 392 days ago

Len,
Taxachusetts… WOW! That’s a word I haven’t heard in a long time. LOL!! I must of gave 40 lbs. tomatoes away already. It’s been raining here for a few days now and everything is soggy wet. it was only in the high 70’s all day today. I hope my 2nd crop of tomato plants don’t drowned.
Have a great 4th!

Radicalfarmergal I yanked all my cucumbers plant out and put them in my compost pile. They’ll do more for me there! LOL. I did plant flower to attract the pollinators but GEEE’s where are they all?? I even made a Mason Hotel and nothing!
The cuc’s were taking up more and more room everyday and not baring any fruit so I gave up! My neighbor’s cuc’s all died. Something got to them I guess.

We have a few tomatoes left for a few BLT’s and salads and I have one plant left that will give us a few more small to Med size tomatoes, but it’s life is coming to an end soon!

Happy 4th to all the US folks! Canada Rocks!
Bye for now!

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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Dusty56

39 posts in 1010 days

posted 389 days ago

My tomato order must have gotten lost in transit, Tony. Send me another batch ASAP, please ! LOL
8 pm and it’s still a balmy 92 degrees here.: ( UGH !!
Sweet corn is very scarce around here due to the excessive rain(11”, normally less than 5”) last month and into this month so far. Good for the lawn , but not much else : ( Speaking of the lawn, I’ve been mowing that between 8 and 9pm just to be a little cooler. I’m thinking about strapping a couple of flashlights onto my sombrero and begin mowing after 10pm or before sunrise next week. Or, I just might have to buy a rider with headlamps and retire the push mower. ; )

-- Where would we be without the farmers ?

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Tony

89 posts in 558 days
hardiness zone 9a

posted 389 days ago

Len,
Your order came back and they were to ripe to resend them! So I ate them! Sorry! (edit) Just come and visit and you can have all you can eat!!!
Plus with all that heat up there the tomatoes would of been cooked before you got them! It was only in the high 80’s here today and right now @ 9:03 PM it’s 79 but not humid at all. If you get a new ride on with lights you better get an enclosed cab W/AC too! LOL!!!

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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Dusty56

39 posts in 1010 days

posted 374 days ago

I ended up planting 6 tomato plants and they’re all full of fruits and still blossoming as well. Now I’m waiting for the redness to begin….hopefully in August I’ll be tasting some real tomatoes for a change, The store bought ones are terrible and over priced to say the least.
I bought a used rider, but no a/c….a slight breeze if I’m in high gear is the best I can hope for ! LOL
I was driving around using my flashlight the other night just to get the job done : )
ttyl

-- Where would we be without the farmers ?

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Tony

89 posts in 558 days
hardiness zone 9a

posted 374 days ago

This is the end of my crop of tomatoes. I’m with you about the store bought ones, tasteless to say the least.
I had good luck this year with tomatoes but not much with peppers and squash.
I hope you get to taste your tomatoes soon Len! I’ll be doing the drooling now! LOL!!!
Ride on lawnmower! I’m no good without one! Nice!

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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Dusty56

39 posts in 1010 days

posted 367 days ago

Nice looking batch you have there, Tony. Sorry to read that it’s the last at this time. Don’t you have time to start another crop down there in FL. ?

I accidently knocked three of my ‘maters off the vine. Two are still green , but one is turning red after being in the sun for two weeks. I might make it my lunch in a few minutes : )

-- Where would we be without the farmers ?

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Tony

89 posts in 558 days
hardiness zone 9a

posted 367 days ago

Thanks Len,
Yes we have plenty of time for another garden! It’s good all year long hear!
I started a few new tomato plants the other day. It will be a while before we see tomatoes! We are down to our last 3 now! :(
I always pick my tomatoes when I see them turning red. If I don’t the birds will peck holes in them.
Mmmm lunch! Sounds good!

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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Dusty56

39 posts in 1010 days

posted 366 days ago

Oh boy, that tomato was soooo good. Even my son mentioned how flavorful it was : )
I hope your new plants do well and those birds have left the area. Any idea what kind they were ?

-- Where would we be without the farmers ?

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Tony

89 posts in 558 days
hardiness zone 9a

posted 366 days ago

Well Len, it’s about time you got to enjoy a nice garden fresh tomato. The birds that are pecking hole in my tomatoes are mockingbirds. I think they just want to see if it’s something they want to eat. I think just because it look good to them so they peck at it. But who knows I may be way off in my thinking because I read that they like to eat insects!
Glad you got to enjoy a nice garden tomato!

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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Dusty56

39 posts in 1010 days

posted 365 days ago

I’ve got two + Mockingbirds in the area. I’ll keep an eye on those noisy little buggers : ) Thank you, Tony.

-- Where would we be without the farmers ?

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