What causes poor fruit set

Tomato plants sometimes fail to set fruit on the first cluster the plants may be stunted from being too old, too cold or too dry sometime before planting. The plants may also have been severely chilled following planting, or there may have been too much nitrogen in proportion to phosphorus and potassium in the soil. Tomatoes set fruit best if night temperatures are above 55 F pollen becomes nonviable when exposed to lower temperatures. Tomato plants need uniformly warm growing conditions,...

How do you renovate old plantings

You can renovate neglected and weedy asparagus beds as long as the plants are free of rust, located on well-drained soil, and not more than 15 years old. To begin, remove or break over and chop old asparagus tops with a disk, rotary tiller or hoe in early spring before spears appear. Next, apply a complete fertilizer such as 5-10-20. Broadcast it at the rate of 20 to 30 pounds per 1,000 square feet. Fertilize each year thereafter. Add 3 to 5 pounds of ammonium nitrate per 1,000 square feet at...

Does sweet corn cross with field corn and popcorn

Sweet corn crosses readily with both field dent corn and popcorn if plants are grown near each other and shed pollen at the same time. However, field corn and popcorn cultivars usually shed their pollen later than sweet corn cultivars so crossing is uncommon. When crossing does occur with field corn or popcorn, sweet corn kernels contain slightly more starch and less sugar they are less sweet and less tender than normal. Mixed white and yellow kernels appear on sweet corn ears if white or...

Can you grow peanuts in Wisconsin

The peanut, a legume, grows reasonably well in southern and central Wisconsin, especially on lighter, well-drained, fertile soils. However, the state's growing season is generally too cool and too short for the fruits to reach full maturity thus, they probably won't store well. Seed peanuts around May 10 in rows 24 to 30 inches apart. Thin plants to 12 to 15 inches apart in the row. Harvest by lifting plants with fruits attached, then cure thoroughly in a dry, well-ventilated place. Remove...

Growing Vegetables In Containers

You can grow certain vegetables in boxes, large pots or other containers. These crops include chives, cucumber supported on a trellis , eggplant, lettuce, parsley, pepper and tomato supported on stakes or a trellis . Container soils are different from garden soils and thus require special care. If you grow a crop in a container, you have to add sand, perlite, vermiculite, calcined clay, bark, rotted sawdust or peat to your garden or potting soil. These soil amendments are important to container...

What are ediblepodded peas

Seeds of edible-podded peas, also called snow or Chinese peas, are exceptionally sweet and tender. The pods are more tender than those of other peas, but become fibrous unless picked when young. Both dwarf and tall cultivars of edible-podded peas are available. Some of the edible-podded pea cultivars have high sugar content and fairly thick-walled pods. Unlike the Chinese peas, these are best harvested when the seeds are more mature when the pods are filled out. Sugar Snap tall and Sugar Ann...