Because squash are supposed to be such prolific producers, we only planted one plant hoping to get enough from it for use now and some to freeze. I am especially fond of squash, so when it started flowering, I was thrilled. For a week now, it has been flowering and finally, yesterday, we had the first female flower. Since I've yet to see bees in the garden, I decided to pollinate it myself with a small paint brush. Here's hoping this is the first of many squash in our garden.