Questions From You:
Squash Isn’t Squashing
David asked: I have a small backyard garden and I am trying to grow zucchini squash and yellow crooked neck squash, however I can’t get the fruit to bear. The plants are at least 12 to 18 inches tall and I have all kinds of blossoms and the fruit sets and get about finger length (3 to 6 inches) and then just start to wrinkle up and wither away. I’m wondering if I’m not watering it enough or too much, or is there something else wrong?
Greg’s Answer: Great question and the answer is very simple. The zucchini and crook necks are not getting pollinated. Pollinators for squash include bees and ants. You don’t have enough of them. Short term solution is to pollinate them yourself. Long term solution is to plant those things – flowers – that attract the pollinators you want.
Check out this page:http://pollinator.com/hand_pollination.htm