The Q&A Archives: what's the matter with my vegetable garden?

Question: Why have all of my vegetables stopped flowering and therefore stopped producing fruit? It's not even the end of June!!! It looked so beautiful about two weeks ago...I have been watering them daily. We added lime about 10 days ago and chicken manure the next day for fertilzer.

Answer: It's customary to sprinkle lime over chicken manure to help tone it down a bit - poultry manure tends to be "hot" and can burn the roots of your plants. I don't think the use of manure or lime has changed your plants, unless you over applied and it wasn't composted but fresh manure. Flowering has to do with temperatures and while you can't change nighttime temps, you can make sure that your plants are getting lots of sunshine and ample water. As long as the plants look healthy, they should begin flowering again soon. Just be patient with them....

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