Re: No vegetables produced

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Posted by Newt on December 02, 2002 at 08:46:19:

In Reply to: No vegetables produced posted by Patricia on October 12, 2002 at 07:40:30:

: I have a small backyard garden. I have planted various vegetables, with varying degrees of success. This year I planted eggplant, zucchini, cucumbers, and peppers. They have all flowered but have not produced any vegetables. My soil is sandy but I have added compost and a planting mix. I have fed with fish emulsion. I water with a sprinkler system about once every three days. I live in Southern California. Any ideas? (I have had a problem with white flies from a neighbors infested bush and have sprayed the garden area so they don't infest my plants.)

Hi Patricia,

Usually the reason there are no fruits or veggies is because the bugs that pollinate the flowers are missing. There are several reasons that this happens, but the most common is the use of pesticides. You don't mention what you sprayed for the white flies. If you used something toxic to all or most bugs, you may have killed your pollinators, which would include bees.

I would suggest that you try and use an environmentally friendly spray and only when you see the specific bug you are trying to kill. And, then only when there is a real problem with them. If you see just a few, the 'good guys' are likely to be around soon to keep them under control.

Here's a site that should be helpful.

Planting companion plants that either repel the bad guys or attract the good guys will also help. Try this site.

By the way, your use of compost and fish emulsion is a good thing. Healthy soil will also lead to healthier plants.

Good luck,

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