You will hopefully see lots of beautiful yellow flowers starting to appear on your squash plants (if you haven’t yet, they will be here soon, don’t worry).
But lots of flowers doesn’t always result in lots of yummy crops.
You might think the flowers all look the same, but if you look very closely you will see one very subtle, but very important difference.
In order to bear fruit, your plant has to have both male & female flowers. Once the females have been pollinated with the males pollen, it’s these female flowers which will give you your pumpkins, melons, courgettes, butternut squash etc.
Insect pollinators ‘should’ do this bit for you when they visit your plants & buzz busily from flower to flower. But this doesn’t always happen & you might see what you thought was the start of a very tiny fruit, start to dry up & die.
Don’t fret though, this is where you can step in & give nature a little helping hand (literally) & hand pollinate the female flowers yourself.
How? Well first you need to establish which is the male flower & which is the female, (this is a lot easier than it sounds, don’t worry).
The first photo here is a male flower & the second is a female flower which will turn yellow shortly. The female will have a tiny growth under the flower which are the beginnings of your soon to be yummy squash.
To hand pollinate you can use a paint brush, a feather or even your finger & simply rub this onto the male stamen, covering it with pollen. Then rub your pollen covered utensil onto the long pistil in the centre of the female flower.
You can also detach the male flower completely & then rub the insides of the two flowers together. This way, you can use the same male flower to pollinate several females at a time.
Your results should be evident soon after when you see lots of fruits starting to appear!
Just a side note though. You may notice your plant has all male flowers & no females. Don’t worry, keep the plant well watered & the females shouldn’t be too far behind.
Good luck....let me know how it goes!
Posted at: 2019-07-17 16:56:03
Early this morning, my child was covered in her own 💩 poop... nearly head to toe 😩
What TF does that have to do with this flower you ask? 🌺 Nothing really! Just know that after a half hour of hazmat-like, hazardous waste clean up, the phrase "Stop & Smell the Roses" took on a whole new meaning 🤣
Did we start off our day on a gross & stressful note? 🤢 Yes. Does the rest of our day have to be gross & stressful? Nope! 🤗
I encourage you to try to look on the bright side today.. and to stop & smell the flowers! 🌸 (Also, sniffing flowers is a great way to remove the stench of human waste from your nostrils. Just sayin' 😁✌️) #parenthood
Young children can practice locomotor skills, body management skills and object control skills while they help you in your garden. They will be moving their bodies using large muscles and using muscles to balance and manage objects too. Of course, most gardens are a visual explosion of colors, tones and shades. If you plant edible plants, this is one of the few areas where you can actually safely employ your child’s sense of taste. Children are often more willing to try a new food if they have been involved in the process of growing it.
Literacy skills can be part of gardening, too. Learning the names of different plants and reading what their growth requirements are on the seed or plant packages is a literacy activity. Another reading/writing activity could be making a map of your garden or your yard and labeling the plants in it. Cognitive development is all about intellectual skills such as remembering and analyzing information and predicting outcomes. You can do plenty of that in your garden with children. By asking open-ended questions about what you have already done in your garden and what they think you should do next, you are helping them think through the processes of preparing the soil, planting, watering and weeding. Finally, working together on your garden with your children is togetherness time. You build bonds with children and create memories from your experiences in the garden.
We are loving these little golden plums! Roman (1) enjoyed looking for them and picking. He put one straight into his mouth and spat out the stone which panicked me for a moment🙈. Mia had them as her bedtime snack last night 😋. -
This tree has grown so huge! We bought it from Aldi about 8 years ago and its now 8-10 meters covered in fruit. When we bought our fruit trees, we imagined that when we had kids we'd go and pick them together- and now 2 kids later and that's exactly what we're doing 😊. It makes me so happy watching them eat food that we've grown together. -
Are you growing any fruits?
Gardening with a toddler sometimes means slowing down, paying more attention to the details.... .
Like this sweet little ladybug 🐞 🐛. Who doesn’t like lady bugs? They actually are pretty magical compared to most bugs out there. So bright, colourful and patterned, to boot. And let’s not forget how beneficial they are in a garden, eating all those pesky aphids. .
So thank you ladybug... for the magic and good karma you bring.
Posted at: 2019-07-17 05:36:29
First courgette spotted 🙌 Then I found another, and another, and another...👀
Posted at: 2019-07-17 05:21:29
Passion fruit! Our #passionfruit vines are finally flowering! Planted them about a year and half ago, they’ve been growing slowly on a makeshift trellis and we recently re-trellised them along our fence because we noticed rapid growth this summer. The flowers are incredible and we can’t wait for the fruit to develop (hence the manual pollinating).
Posted at: 2019-07-17 05:02:18
Oh my goodness, forget this morning’s broccoli post...I just found this in the other bed, that was so well protected with netting that I had no idea it was there!
1kg of purple broccoli from my little 4 month old horse poo veg patch 😮