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Video: How to Pollinate Zucchini for a Bigger Harvest

How to Pollinate Zucchini for a Bigger Harvest

When I think of zucchini, I think of abundance. You plant one zucchini plant and it produces so much fruit, that you end up giving it away to family, friends and all your neighbours.

Thanks to changing climatic conditions and a lack of pollinators, zucchini plants aren’t producing as prolifically as they once did.

What does zucchini need in order to produce lots of fruit? Sunshine, heat and regular pollination.

Zucchini is not self-pollinating. It has male and female flowers that require the assistance of bees and bumblebees to fly from male flowers, collect pollen, then disperse the pollen to the pistils of female flowers.

What doesn’t zucchini need? Cool temperatures, persistent rain and absent pollinators.

Unfortunately in today’s conditions, if you’re looking for a bumper zucchini crop, you’ll need to step in and carry out the pollinator’s role.

Watch this video, where I show you how to easily hand pollinate your zucchini plants, in order to have a much larger harvest. All you need is a paintbrush!

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Video: Maximize Soil Nutrition With This Simple Tip

Maximize Soil Nutrition with This Simple Tip

Clover is great for your garden soil. It’s a natural nitrogen fixer and an excellent ground cover. People plant it in their gardens and fields as a soil amendment. It helps to replenish the soil of lost nutrients, after growing a heavy feeding crop like tomatoes and squash.

Clover also grows naturally and likes to seed itself among other weeds, like dandelions, grasses, thistles, plantain and many others. However, don’t pull out that clover and dispose of it along with the other weeds.

If you look carefully at clover’s roots, you will discover tiny nodules attached. The more pink they are, the more nitrogen they contain.

Check out the video below to see what you can do with clover, to maximize your soil nutrition.

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Video: How to Harvest Your Garlic Scapes in 5 Seconds

How to Harvest your Garlic Scapes in 5 Seconds

I love growing garlic! It gets planted in the fall and is one of the first shoots to emerge in the very early spring. All the physical effort and time spent planting it, is done and forgotten in the previous year, leaving us with the anticipation of seeing it in the new year. It gives us comfort, knowing that something is growing and the season hasn’t yet begun.

If you grow garlic in your garden, you will find that it rewards you at three different stages. It may be harvested in the early spring as young garlic, when it resembles spring onion. Pull the entire plant, chop it up and sauté it with your other vegetables or eat it raw. It has a mild, sweet flavour and texture that resembles leeks.

The third stage is when we harvest the entire garlic bulb.

But for me, I always look forward to the second stage, the garlic scapes harvest!

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Video: A Surprising Tuberous Begonia Trick That Produces More Blooms!

A Surprising Tuberous Begonia Trick That Produces More Blooms

I love Tuberous Begonias! They come in a variety of bright and vivid colours and have either single or double blooms, which may be ruffled, toothed or plain.

They look great planted in a container, hanging basket or in the garden as a bedding plant.

Tuberous Begonias grow comfortably in a partially shady location, where direct sun won’t burn their delicate foliage. They are a great way to add the brightest colour in a location, where most bright flowers are unable to grow. Unlike Tuberous Begonias, most bright coloured flowers need full sun in order to set blooms.

Tuberous Begonia Trick

Begonia

Tuberous Begonia Trick

Begonia

I discovered a simple trick to increase the number of blooms on your Tuberous Begonia plants. Not only that, but it also seems to help increase the length of bloom time per flower.

Watch my quick video to see how you can do increase the number of blooms on your Tuberous Begonia plants. You’ll be excited to try it out on your own plants.

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Don’t Transplant Your Seedlings, Without Doing This One Critical Step!

Dont Transplant Your Seedlings

You may be thinking, “What’s the big deal? You dig a hole, pop the seedling in, close the hole. Done!”

Sure, the technique of planting is that simple.

However, this simple technique is missing a step.

Watch my video below, where I show you what I do when planting seedlings in the garden.

It’s simple, quick and creates healthier and stronger plants.

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