Re: [gardeners] Mother's thighs (
Mon, 13 Jul 1998 16:16:45 -0400

Get a little fine paintbrush and help the pollination process along. Put
paintbrush on male flower, retrieve pollen, put pollen into female flower.
Repeat.  Organize euphemisms beforehand for replies to neighbours'
questions about what you are doing.  Lucinda 

At 10:13 AM 13-07-98 +0000, you wrote:
>MaPat sent me the following (sorry, Mother, but we need the experts!!):
>Those squash plants are growing a tad, are full of blooms, and not a 
>single solitary zucchini. They had better shape up or out they go; 
>they are shading the thyme -- and one seems to be developing mildew.
>That I can't figure in all this heat. 104 yesterday (and 110 in 
>Dallas) and more to come.
>Ok, she has green thighs that are now about 2 feet long, filled with 
>flowers. No real shortage of pollinators. They've been producing flowers 
>for over a month and still not a single green thigh. I'm stumped. Mine 
>didn't act this way last year. I couldn't keep up with the picking! The 
>'mildew' sounds ominous....being lazy, I'd pull the plant and destroy and 
>cross my fingers that the other plants don't succumb. 
>Catharine, Atlanta (MaPat is in dry, dry Fredericksburg, Tx., zone 8a)