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Harry S Truman was president when I was born and world war II had ended. I grew up in a time when lunch was put in a brown paper bag and a sandwich was wrapped with wax paper. There was no such thing as pantyhose, we wore stockings that attached to the rubbery clippy things that attached to the girdle. Convenience stores were not common and when we took a trip we packed a picnic basket because many places did not have fast food. Highways had places to pull over and stop, some with picnic tables. Read more ....

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SQUASH, My backyard squash project

July 5, 2011
If you are growing squash leaves and many squash blooms but no squash, your problem could be, No Bees...............  I am not sure but this is my own backyard study.
This is a female squash bloom.  At the back side of this bloom there is a tiny squash, this bloom is attached to the small squash.
This is a male squash bloom.  You probably have a lot of these because usually there are many more male blooms and at first and few female blooms.  At least this is my experience.
This close up of the female bloom shows where the squash must be pollinated.  The bee needs to first visit the male, gather the pollen and come back to this female and pollinate this bloom.  Otherwise the little squash attached under this entire bloom will simply fall off.  This is where you may need to step in if you do not seem to have bees.  You can take a small art brush and touch the male stem inside the bloom and then go over to the female bloom and try and pollinate this female bloom buds/eggs.
This is the male bloom.  If you need to hand pollinate then take a small art brush and try and gather this pollen and then place it on the female bloom.
This squash bloom was not pollinated
It appears that this one may not have been pollinated, however not sure.  I will know in a few days..........  This plant has been producing good squash and still is producing good squash.  Some just do not get pollinated or have rot. 
I gave up trying to grow squash several years ago because I could not get the squash to grow without rotting at the lower stem.  However with each year another new try and now we have squash that we can actually eat.  We also have more bees in our yard due to all the flowers that I have grown from sowing seed.   Could that bee the answer?  Maybee :)
This is the same squash as above.  It did get pollinated and did not rot.  It is growing well and should develop into an good squash.
This is another squash that did make a good squash. 
Another squash that did make a good squash and did not rot.  Notice that the shiny, healthy look to this squash. 
My study continues..............
I will try and hand pollinate the blooms that I think are not getting pollinated, but this is not an easy thing to do.  I have noticed that since I planted blackeyed susans close to the squash and the many honey bees that are around things are doing better.
These blackeyed susans were planted by seed sowed in early spring.  They have been just beautiful.  Our first year of planting blackeyed susans and first year to have any developed squash.  Just a note that I though was important.  MAYBEE THE BEE"S?

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