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Old 07-28-2017, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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OP, you'll learn something new every season. That's what makes gardening exciting. I can't add to the good advice here, but I'll be interested in reading about your update.

Added: bees aren't the only pollinators! Sometimes butterflies and ants help with the job.
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Old 07-28-2017, 09:30 AM
 
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OP, you'll learn something new every season. That's what makes gardening exciting. I can't add to the good advice here, but I'll be interested in reading about your update.

Added: bees aren't the only pollinators! Sometimes butterflies and ants help with the job.
I agree! I've been gardening for a long time, but always find new challenges (and rewards) to keep things very interesting. One of our newest endeavors is planting and growing lemon and fig trees. So far, so good.

Since we moved to California (from the PNW) our growing seasons and expanded opportunities are making things very fun. Just for example, several flowers that used to be annuals are now perennials.

And thanks for the reminder about other insect friends. Both butterflies and ants are hanging around as well. Also several types of small flies. I wonder if they might help us out...
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Old 07-30-2017, 06:20 PM
 
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The first several flowers on a zucchini plant are always male.
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Old Today, 12:04 PM
 
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So just an update on my results - the plants did end up pollinating naturally, and we've gotten some nice sized zucchinis. Additionally, we also experienced rather weak pollination in some areas (several little fruits yellowing, then falling off), so I also hand-pollinated by removing a male flower and 'introducing' it to a female. So far, so good - we'll see.
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