The maturation process in vegetable gardens across the region has slowed with the recent cool weather, but there is good news.

Temperatures have been low enough that pollination has occurred with little problem.

Last year was so hot that many blossoms dropped off plants without getting pollinated — which meant no fruit formed. Pollen dies once temperatures hit 85 degrees.

Garden vegetables that should benefit from the cool weather and improved pollination are any with flowers: green beans, zucchini, cucumbers, eggplant, okra, tomatoes, peppers, etc.

Source: Kathleen Cue, horticulturist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Douglas and Sarpy Counties.

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