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Question: I have a potted vegtable garden. I live in Texas wich has only 2 seasons, Fall and Summer. This summer is a typical condition(again only 2 conditions for Texas-drought or flood)of being in drought conditions. I am carefull to water my garden 2x a day( morning and evening) when it is not too hot.I have kept up with fertilizing schedule (1/4 cup for the 2gal. planters and 2 tbs for 1 gal. planters every 3weeks[ as per instructions]). I have provided them with only 2-3 hours of direct sunlight per day,as any more kills them in just a matter of an hour or two after that. So far I feel that I have been very attentive and careful with my garden, so I am wondering why I get my plants to the point when they will flower, and then in the next day or two , all my flowers have wilted and dried up? What am I doing wrong, and what can I do to save my veggies?

Answer: Molly,

Sounds like you have Texas weather and gardening figured out pretty good! In order to help more specifically I'd need to know which vegetable you are referring to. Tomatoes don't set well in this heat unless they are the small fruited cherry or grape types. Even peppers tend to abort in the summer but will set very well in fall so keep those plants going for now. Squash and cucumbers are also not good at summer fruiting.

I am concerned about the 2-3 hours of direct sun. That is inadequate to support fruiting and root producing veggies. You might want to increase the size of your planting containers to make it easier to keep the soil adequately moist. Find a way to shade the pots from the sun as the extra hours may be heating up the container making the roots too hot. With some shading I bet you could go up to 6 hours of sun just fine if the particular vegetables are summer tolerant to begin with.

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