Pollination / by Karie Luidens

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We reached a magic tipping point this morning! The cushaw squash and sugar pumpkin plants have been putting out beautiful golden blossoms for about two weeks now, but each one I’ve inspected has been male (thin neck, single anther, powdery yellow pollen). Today our first female opened up! The ants wasted no time in crowding around her sticky stamen, and I can only assume they were blissed out on nectar when I interrupted. But I wasn’t the only one to interrupt. Bees were buzzing from flower to flower as usual. Pollen with a side of nectar—jackpot. And hey, along the way, please do your thing, little ones: help this pair of flowers make a baby.