Lonely Squash Plant
Once again, I call upon the wisdom and experience of other gardeners out there in the blogosphere. Today my question is about squash.
This is the first year I planted squash, and I have one plant growing in a not-so-good location (underneath a giant sunflower -- by accident). I think it is a yellow crookneck type, but I'm not 100 percent sure. (I'm notorious for not labeling things, and then I sometimes forget what, exactly, I've planted -- or where!)
Since the squash plant lives underneath a sunflower, it hasn't grown very big, but it is getting blossoms. The flowers bloom for about a day and then they wrinkle up and fall off, but I don't see any squash forming. Is this because I need a second plant -- for cross-fertilization? Can I hand fertilize the blossoms on the one plant? And if so... what do I do if there's only one blossom open at a time? I suppose I could go around to other people's plots and ask to "exchange" squash pollen, but that might seem as if I'm getting too personal too quickly -- LOL!
My newbieness as a squash grower is really shining through here, isn't it? I'll take any and all advice.