Category Archives: Buds & Fruit Set

Female Blossoms, But No Male Blossoms To Pollinate Them

These hybrid 8 Ball Zucchini plants grow fast and strong, but they put out female blossoms first!?  I have had 4 female blossoms so far, but not a single male cucurbit blossom to pollinate them with.  Since I'm not saving seed, ANY male cucurbit blossom would have worked - squash, cucumber or melon. What a waste.  I decided last season that I didn't plan to buy anymore 8 Ball seeds because they could be hard to harvest.  Often, the round fruit would form on the bottom of the plant stem so Read more [...]

Squash Blossoms on the Compost Pile

An interesting thing here - I pulled out most of my summer squash plants because with my limited space, it is time to plant my winter garden.I tossed the pulled squash vines on the compost pile and the next day I see these blossoms on pulled plants.  It amazes me how much life is still in pulled plants. By the end of the day, lots more waste was tossed on the pile and covered these blooms. Read more [...]

Crenshaw Winter Squash

Originally published Summer 2011 (If you read my very first post, you will find that I am slowly re-creating my gardening blog that I originally hosted on my own domain,, but that my web host lost. Fortunantly, they were able to provide me a dump file that contained my writings and I am now recreating the blog). Because of the many problems that I experience with certain winter squash, especially c. maxima, I, for the most part, only grow c. moschata winter squash.  However, Read more [...]