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Is your garden NOT taking off? Try hand pollination.  

 

Old Buck
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04/06/2020 1:46 pm  

 

Sometimes my squash/zucchini do not bear fruit, as well as my tomatoes.  I have found by hand pollinating my vegetable garden I get quicker results and the growing fruit also help attract the missing bees.

Some plants have male/female flowers, some plants are able to self pollinate.

 

The self pollinating plants don't need bees to do the job.  A simple shake of the stem will bounce the pollen around inside the flower.  The wind naturally does this too.  This would include tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants. 

http://www.pollinator.com/hand_pollination.htm

 

Other plants, such as my cucumbers and squash/zucchini, need traditional pollination by bees to transfer pollen between different sex flowers.

http://www.pollinator.com/hand_pollination2.htm

 

Here is a picture of cucumber flowers.  The top is the female flower.  Notice the tiny "pickle" growth at the base of the flower.  That is the ovary.  The bottom flower is the male.  It only has the stem leading directly to the base.

 

If hand pollination isn't doing the trick, check soil moisture levels and soil nutrient contents.

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GregBO
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14/06/2020 2:43 am  

Awesome post and first rate prepper information for those attempting gardening for the first time.  Using the farmers almanac for planting times is still worthwhile as well.  

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Old Buck
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29/06/2020 3:06 pm  

Here is another article with better pictures.  I have not seen any bees this season and I wonder if I need to plant other ornamental flowers to attract them naturally.  I am hand pollinating my zucchini & summer squash and can't wait for the garden to start producing.

I am making my own variety, and cross pollinating the green zucchini with the yellow summer squash.  They look identical with the color being the only visible difference.  A few years ago I had both varieties in my garden and the bees cross pollinated for me.  The result was green with yellow stripes, yellow with green stripes, green with yellow polka dots, and yellow with green polka dots.

 

https://www.gardenguides.com/79465-self-pollinate-zucchini-flowers.html

 

 

OISHINESS: Yellow Zucchini

 

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