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Pollination in the greenhouse

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender June 4, 2012 Posted Tags: , Comment 1 Comment
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Growing your own in the controlled environment of a greenhouse or polytunnel has its obvious advantages but it has some challenges too. Controlling temperature, watering and humidity control as well as pollination can be a challenge at times. Providing humidity is important in pollination to avoid dry set. Fruiting crops like tomatoes, peppers and melons need successful pollination in order to set flowers and produce fruits. Tomatoes and peppers are self pollinating, meaning that one flower contains the necessary pollen. Squashes and melons have male and female flowers, so you have to make sure that the pollen from the male flower (which usually have a longer stalk) reach the female flowers. Assisting pollination in your greenhouse is easily done just by keeping the vents and door open,

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Perfect Pollination

Person Author: Helen Fowler Calender May 24, 2012 Posted Tags: , Comment No Comments
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  One of the greatest delights in the summer garden are home grown fruits. Many of the most delicious fruits quickly loose their texture and flavour,  so home grown are so much better than shop bought. An important part of success in the fruit garden is pollination. Most pollination is carried out by a variety of insects, but the most important group are the bees. There are about 270 different species of bees in Britain but many of them are in decline. There are a number of factors involved in this decline, but what ever the reason, we need our bees and other insects to give us good crops. Our pollinators fly from plant to plant carrying pollen, this mixing or crossing of pollen is what gives a 'good set' this triggers the fruit to swell and grow into our juicy mature fruits. P

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Solitary bees

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender May 24, 2012 Posted Tags: , , Comment 3 Comments
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Solitary bees live and rear their offspring on their own. The females are all fertile and make their own small nests. There are about 250 solitary bee species in Britain, 24 bumble bees and 1 honey bee. When it comes to pollination these bees are just as important as the well know colony forming bees as solitary bees are very good pollinators, according to studies one solitary bee can do the job of 20 or more honey bee. Around 90% of the bees in the world are solitary, living their life on their own as single bees. The first bees appear in the garden in early spring are the mining bees. They called mining bees because they make their nests in the ground, usually on soft, sandy soil or along paths where there is not too much vegetation. They are very similar in appearance to the honey be

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