May 3rd, 2010

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Squash Pollination

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

The bees have found my Earthbox! So far I have only seen bumblebees and not the garden-variety (heh heh) orangish bees. At least I think they are bumblebees–they’re black and yellow colored. Regardless, they are doing their thing.

Pollen-Coated Bee on Squash Flower

A Busy Bee

Here’s what you get if they don’t show up (or if you don’t hand pollinate):

Earthbox Unpollinated Squash

Unpollinated Squash

Multipik Squash

Pollinated Multipik vs. Unpollinated Multipik

First Squash Harvest

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Harvested the first squash from the Earthbox today. One Multipik and one 8 Ball ready. Probably should have picked the 8 Ball yesterday–I think they are supposed to be picked when baseball size. This one is closer to a softball.

So, first squash ready 51 days after planting the seeds in the Earthbox.

Earthbox Squash

Multipik and 8 Ball

Pepper & Cucumber Update

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

The cucumber is finally starting to fruit. The li’l cukes are teensy tiny compared to the squash. The flowers are also much smaller.

Earthbox Cucumber

Spacemaster Cucumber Baby

Finally getting some peppers forming too.

Earthbox Jalpeno

First Jalapeno

Earthbox Serrano Pepper

First Serrano