I started my zucchini early this year and the first skinny fruits are waiting to be picked. With summer squash, it's either feast or famine. Summer squash, which includes zucchini, yellow straight and crookneck and the flying saucer-shaped pattypan (shown here), is usually thought of as prolific. Who doesn't have a story about leaving bags of zucchini on your neighbor's back step under cloak of darkness? But these same enthusiastic yielders can be frustratingly slow to get it in gear. Squash plants produce both male and female flowers and they tend to start off the season by producing a lot of male flowers only. So it can seem like your plants are getting ready to set fruit, but the flowers just fall off and leave you with nothing. Be patient. Once the plant is strong enough to support growing fruits, the female blossoms will appear and get the job done.
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