|All squash, pumpkins, cucumbers, and melons grow male flowers first then the female flowers are produced. The female flowers have tiny fruits at the base of the petals and require pollination by bees mostly. Incomplete pollination often happens at the beginning of the season, and results in misshapen fruit at the flower end. Just discard these damaged fruit. You can encourage bees to your garden by planting Buckwheat and/or Phacelia. |
Winter squash are an especially important crop for people interested in food self-sufficiency. Loaded with calories and vitamins, they store well. Finding a place to store them all, in most modern houses, is difficult but worth the trouble!