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10 boys to every girl?
Sat 11-Jun-11
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mr. trench
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Here's the thing fellow veggie-pop-pickers.  I have been growing cucumbers for about three seasons now in the greehouse.  I can't be a doing with these 'ere all female cucumber plants, all a bit too sapphic for me.   I reckon I get 10 boys to every girl.  Same really with the courgettes.  I pick off the male flowers on t' cucumbers, but let the male courgettes be (ahhh - what a brave new world that has such gods, innit?).

Whadja reckon?  Good strategy or no?   As much as I have longevity on my side, I am entirely without coaching on the gardening front.  I also brush my tomato flowers gently with a paintbrush, what with them also being greenhouse bound.

Advice?

 

Odd thing here:  dalek

 

PS, what's 6 + 11?  I'm gunna guess with 17...

Just look at his great ears flapping about.

Sat 11-Jun-11
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Someone (I think it might have been ToffeeApple) had a batch of courgette plants which were completely male. I have planted some courgettes from a variety of sources (including the same ones TA used) and one of the plants so far had only produced male flowers too. Normally I get a roughly 50:50 split, or possibly biased more towards male flowers, but never noticed anything as much as 10x as many.

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Sat 11-Jun-11
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Yes that was my unhappy lot last year, didn't bother this year.

I'll try that again!

Sun 12-Jun-11
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Me too, only males flowers on all my courgettes, squash & cucumbers but I am having another go this year.  

I belong to a forum in the USA & lots of gardeners were complaining of the same thing so it is not just happening in this country. 

 

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Sun 12-Jun-11
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I wonder what the reason for that is?  I'd be interested to find out, only if it is not global warming!

I'll try that again!

Sun 12-Jun-11
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wave My Melons are the same ,given up with me little brush and left it to the insects . I always buy female cues as it saves faffing about .

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I must be being daft here, I thought each plant had male flowers (with no mini veg) and female flowers (with mini veg).However I had noticed my courgette seemed to have lots of male flowers and only a few female

Sun 12-Jun-11
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I must just ask...are they wearing earings when the appear..cus if so I am sincerely worried...confusedconfused

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No earings that I can see, but they seem to have a pretty garish eyeshadow on...

Sun 12-Jun-11
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wave  It's the lipstick that gets me!  big_laugh

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Sun 12-Jun-11
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Terrier said:

No earings that I can see, but they seem to have a pretty garish eyeshadow on...

In that case...nuke 'em....big_laughbig_laugh

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Mon 13-Jun-11
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Toffeeapple said:

I wonder what the reason for that is?  I'd be interested to find out, only if it is not global warming!

You may be onto something , it's certainly possible to alter the sex ratio from eggs by minute variations of temperature  never did it but some years seemed to be cock years and some hen. Remember seeing a wild life programme  and crocodile eggs do it as well.wave   

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Mon 13-Jun-11
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Apparently, all is not lost if you have male flowers as you can eat them (so I'm told - never tried it myself). The suggested recipe is stuff them with breadcrumbs and garlic and fry in tempura batter.

Mon 13-Jun-11
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 Ruth, you must try them as they are delicious. In Italy they sell them in the markets. They are a great starter for a meal. You can add various things to the basic stuffing mixture¦..I love chopped anchovy, just a little as you don't want to take away from the delicate taste of the flower itself.

i_am_hungry  Mmmmmmm¦.!

PS....by the way the breadcrumbs should be from day-old bread , not dried, crispy ones.

 

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I'm still trying to work out what 'tempura batter' is!

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