Growing healthy squash: Pollinating by hand

Pollinating Squash by Hand

Butternut! Acorn! Patty pan! Spaghetti! Zucchini! These are some of the delightful squash varieties that come with summer. (That is, so long as you can beat the powdery mildew that our greenhouse is prone to.) Also important to growing healthy squash is making sure that they get pollinated.

Squash plants produce both male and female flowers, with the male flower located at the end of a thin stem, and the female flowers located at the end of the squash that forms. It can take several visits from a pollen-laden bee to successfully pollinate a female flower, and sometimes we don’t have enough pollinators finding their way into our greenhouse.

Female flowers

Male flowers

If you notice wilting flowers on your squash, there’s a chance that the flower was not properly fertilized. In order to make sure your flowers become pollinated, use a fine paintbrush to transfer pollen from the male flower to the stigma on the female flower. When looking ahead to planting next year, consider planting sunflowers or alyssum flowers alongside your squash plants in order to encourage pollinators to visit.

For more information, read this article by West Coast Seeds.

Trivia Night at the Greenhouse! August 12 @ 8PM

On Saturday, August 12th we’re hosting a trivia night at the greenhouse! Come with a team of 1-5 people and test both your general and local knowledge. There will be a cash prize for the winning team, door prizes, a cash bar, and a BBQ dinner available for purchase. Trivia starts at 8pm and this is only open for folks aged 19+

Entry is $5 in advance or $10 at the door and includes snacks and a chance to be the trivia victor! Bonus: if you go to beer yoga from 7-8pm you get free entry into trivia. Tickets for both events are now available for sale at the greenhouse from 9am-6:30pm.

The BBQ dinner available for purchase will be BBQ chicken pesto, roasted potatoes, and a green salad. There will be a vegetarian option of a roasted veggie pesto pasta. Yum!

More details are available on the Facebook event page.