Anyone else having to hand pollinate more this year?
My squash always did fine with natural pollination, and this year I've noticed a few rotting when small, so I've started to hand pollinate.
My garden used to be buzzing with bees in the morning, and now it's quiet. I thought we were safe from the bee issues going on in places with lots of agriculture or lots of development -- nothing but hay fields, mountains, and grazing land around here. And still, the bees seem to be so much lower in numbers. Plus, I thought the bee colony collapse issues was only "domestic" honey bees, and not wild bees.
Could it be our minus 45 degrees last winter? (MUCH colder than ususal)