Two bees on a flowerGrow More Vegetables with Better Pollination
by Vera Strader
Whether you grow a lone tomato plant or an extensive garden in back, most vegetables and fruit require pollination to produce food for the dinner table. Flowering plants accomplish this in one of three ways.
Flowering Crops Are Usually Insect-Pollinated. With these plants, pollen must get from the male anther on one flower to the female stigma on another flower. This is true of melons, squash, cucumbers, pumpkins and orchard fruits including apples, apricots, and pears. Bees literally carry the big load while assorted flies, some beetles and hummingbirds pitch in. (continue reading...)