Soil Problems

Vegetable Garden


Anonymous added on April 3, 2014 | Answered

My small vegetable garden has not produced in about 3 years. I had the soil tested and followed their instructions that year. The plants bloomed, but produced very little fruit, if none at all. The soil is a very rich soil and is well draining, and kept watered. I am about ready to give up on gardening.


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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on April 3, 2014

If you are getting plenty of flowers but nothing produces, then it is most likely due to poor pollination. Hand pollination often helps. Just use a small paint brush and swirl it around the inside of the flower and repeat on all the flowers on the plant. These articles will help you with attracting more pollinators: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/beneficial/insect-pollination-process.htm, https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/beneficial/creating-a-pollinator-garden.htm If you are not seeing flowers, then you likely have too much nitrogen in the soil and should offset this by adding more phosphorus. This can be achieved by using a phosphorus-rich fertilizer or by adding bone meal to the soil.

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