September 20th, 2009

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Hand Pollinating Squash

Sunday, September 20th, 2009
Earthbox Squash after Week Four

Earthbox Squash after Week Four

I fired up the Earthbox on 8/23, sowing squash seeds directly in the Earthbox. So today is day 28, end of week 4. There are several squash blooming. Some of the female blooms (at the end of a squash) closed up before any male blooms opened, so I think they will shrivel away (I’ve learned that the squash will not grow into adult squash without pollination from a male flower).

I’m worried that there are not many bees that know about Earthboxes, so am going to try to hand pollinate the squash. I found a really good page, with photos, at Gardenweb, that provides a good walk-through of hand pollination.

Male Squash Flower, aka Pollen Paintbrush

Male Squash Flower, aka Pollen Paintbrush

Painting the Pollen

Painting the Pollen

Baby Zephyr Squash

Baby Zephyr Squash

Baby Eight Ball Squash

Baby Eight Ball Squash