Answer: The tomato damage could be due to snails (they are nocturnal so you would not see them at work) or possibly due to an animal such as a rat or skunk or even a turtle. You might try using a slug/snail bait based on iron phosphate to deter snails. The animals can sometimes be repelled by using a pepper wax spray or by using one of the spray on or granular repellents.
The zucchini plants typically bloom for about ten days before setting any zucchinis. The first blooms are male, then the female blooms begin. This assures better pollination. As long as they are blooming, you should see fruit soon. The zucchini squash size up very fast once they begin to form, so keep an eye on the plants!
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