Monday, August 08, 2011

garden work

My zucchini plants have been flowering well but not bearing any fruit and since I suspected that pollination is the issue, I decided to help out the busy bees.

Here there are two blooms, a male and a female open at the same time. This is a perfect time to hand-pollinate.

The male flower with no fruit behind it.

The female flower with the mini zucchini already growing but needing further pollination to mature.

To help with the pollination, I simply used a q-tip to get some of the sticky pollen off of the male flower and transfer it to the female flower(shown).

Two days later, the bloom fell off and the zucchini is growing.

A few more days, and I can pick it anytime now.

And here is another zucchini growing with a little help from the q-tip bee.

Zucchini Delight


  1. Heather, this is such a perfect mini tutorial! Thanks for teaching me something I should have known but didn't! God's creation is amazing, isn't it?

    You made me smile with your comment about the q-tip bee!


  2. Yes, I'm glad I garden, not because we get so much produce but because I learn so much. :)

  3. TFS. I have some plants in my garden not doing so well - I am going to try this right now!


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