This female squash flower has been sitting closed for a few days now, but this morning it was wide open waiting to be pollinated. Just to be sure I took a male flower with wide open petals and started to hand pollinate the female flower. Just as I dipped the male flower with its pollen down into the bottom of the flower trumpet... I felt a buzzing sound from inside the flower... a bee had beat me to it!
Meanwhile inside the greenhouse this Beefmaster tomato
is doing well. I have some lovely specimens outside too.
Cucumbers inside the greenhouse are loving the heat too. Don't forget, if you don't want to pick a whole cucumber you can just cut the bottom half of the cucumber and leave the rest on the stem for a couple of days!
One spectacular success story of this heatwave are my Beauregard sweet potato
plants. I planted two in the top of this black plastic dustbin and they have just gone crazy! The instructions state that they prefer to grow under cover in our climate but can do well in a warm Summer.
They love the heat, and particularly good as the heat is retained by this black plastic bin. They are sending out long shoots all over the place! Really looking forward to harvesting these in September or October.