• Overfertilization. Too much nitrogen produces leafy growth at the expense of fruit growth.
• Lack of pollinators. Squash, cucumbers, watermelon and muskmelon need pollinators to produce fruit. If you see both male and female flowers on the plants (the female has a tiny fruit behind the blossom), you haven’t overfertilized and you don’t see any bees, try hand-pollinating several flowers. Use a painter’s brush to transfer pollen from the anther of the male flower to the stigma of the female flower. If you get fruit from only those flowers, you’ll know you need more pollinators. Make sure you aren’t killing them with insecticides.
• Tomatoes are wind pollinated, so they don’t need pollinators. But they normally won’t set if the night temperature is below 50 degrees or above 75 and when daytime temperatures are above 95 with dry, hot winds.
Donations of fruits and vegetables can be taken to these locations during business hours for distribution to the needy: Kansas Food Bank, 1919 E. Douglas; Augusta Ace Home Center, 316 W. Seventh Ave., Augusta; Brady Nursery, 11200 W. Kellogg; Hillside Nursery, 2200 S. Hillside; Hillside Feed and Seed, 1805 S. Hillside; Johnson’s Garden Centers, 802 N. Ridge Road, 21st and Woodlawn, 2707 W. 13th St.; and Valley Feed & Seed, 1903 S. Meridian.