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Name: nmladybug
albuquerque, nm (Zone 7a)
nmladybug
Jun 12, 2017 3:01 PM CST
I really hope to get some answers from "experienced" gardeners because google can sometimes give you so many unspecific answers.

I planted watermelon and cantaloupe from seed. They sprouted but very slowly, it's June 12, there is no way i'm getting fruits this year. So, can i save the small plant (they're about 3-5 in tall) and replant outside next year? or do i just start fresh next year? This year i planted seeds and nothing worked.

What do i do to better my:
strawberry - it produces but super tiny fruit and this year not many.
blueberry - it produces but not many at all.
zucchini - flowered but no fruit produced and flower died.
eggplant - flowered one, it fell off before it could produce.

I know it's a lot of questions but hopefully someone can give me some tips
Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Jun 12, 2017 3:31 PM CST
Hi Ladybug....I know of no way to keep the melons over. There is still time I think...let them grow and see what happens. When were the strawberries planted? If this is the first year you shouldn't expect fruit. We do not grow blue berries here because they require acidic soil and are soil and water are alkaline. Your Zucchini aren't getting pollinated. You can do it manually. Google pollinating Zucchini for how to do it. Egg Plant may be a pollination problem or a temperature problem. Welcome to NGA.....
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Name: nmladybug
albuquerque, nm (Zone 7a)
nmladybug
Jun 12, 2017 3:37 PM CST
Thank you for the help.
the strawberry is not new, it's probably 8 yrs old and keeps spreading like crazy. i have heard of acidic soil for blueberry, will try to fix it, here in NM i think i can. about the zucchini, i looked up hand pollination. this morning i attempted but it looked like both my flowers are males!?!? so attempt aborted! will keep trying. lol sigh...
Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Jun 12, 2017 3:49 PM CST
On your strawberries just keep the new daughter plants and get rid of the older mother plants. The newer plants should produce. Some times the first blossoms on Zucchini are all male......
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Jun 12, 2017 3:52 PM CST
Lots of questions yes. Grumbling
Don't give up yet. I belive, you still have time. nodding
Get to know your growing season.
You may need to look for faster maturing veges.
Squash and mellons, need to have a male and female blosson on same day, to pollinate. Tiny fruit at bottom of bloom, is female, that makes fruit.
I'm guessing you have more than one of each plant ! It's better that way.
Vege gardening is a learning experience.
Hang in there. Thumbs up
You may need to start your seeds, inside, under, grow lites, like, 6 weeks, before last frost date.
Theres a guide, on this site, to check, on times to start seeds, and last frost date for your zip code.
Stay with it.
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Name: nmladybug
albuquerque, nm (Zone 7a)
nmladybug
Jun 12, 2017 3:56 PM CST
thank you. i know patience and experience are key!!! I also think that our last cold spell we had in NM did not help. May 29th got super cold! not good, i think that's why my tomatoes are still very small....
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jun 12, 2017 4:29 PM CST
You need to be more patient. Its only late spring; not time to toss in the towel quite yet.

A lot of vegetables can be started indoors for an early start to your outdoor garden. If your 'plant' date is June 1st, start your seeds 6 to 8 weeks before that. Then you will be planting little plants, not seeds and you have gained a month on the weather.

Choose vegetables that will mature and produce within your growing window. The 'days to harvest' on the seed pack is days from when you plant outside.

Don't plant out until your temperatures are above 50 for tomatoes, eggplants, peppers. Plant out when the temps are above 70 for melons, cucumbers, etc. Use water walls or hot caps to keep baby plants warm. You don't do yourself any favors by rushing to plant while its still chilly out.

You can find estimates of your growing season length and frost dates under "Tools & Apps".

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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Jun 12, 2017 6:35 PM CST
Hear in Fresno CA, like it seems, most, everywhere else, had wacked out weather this spring.
Even hear, its still happening. The past two days, its been, an outheard of, 71 degrees, for high. Looking to 105, next weekend. Crazed Confused

As far ! As direct seeding.....
I've, allways ! Pushed the date for direct seeding a month.
Seedlings struggle ! Butt, i fugure ! There ! That much ahead of the game.
Ho Ho !!!
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Name: nmladybug
albuquerque, nm (Zone 7a)
nmladybug
Jun 12, 2017 8:41 PM CST
THank you again, yes you are right, it's just june 12. Smiling Thank You!

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