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Jul 6, 2017 7:26 AM CST
Good morning everyone

This is my very first post about gardening and I would like to have suggestions and if it's possible a little help!

I've planted butternut squash, charlevoix peas, tepory beans blue speckled, and different types of tomatoes (dwarf wild fred, blanche du quebec, rosella purple, adelaide festival, matchless austin strain).
IT has been a lot of work and now all of them look strong and producing fruits in the case of the peas! But I have a problem with my butternut squash.. Only the female flowers bloomed and I'm still waiting for the male ones to open. I've already lost 3 female flowers and tomorrow other 4 female flowers will open! I don't have any males to pollinate them Shrug!
In th case of my tomatoes.. the stems are looking so strong and the leaves so big in comparison to other tomatoes that I have seen that I don't know if I should prune some of them.. I've been cutting suckers from my indeterminates tomatoes and the other one I just leave them as they are.

I used at the beginning a organic fertilizer and since the last month I've only used home made compost tea.. seems to work very good.

I've tried to give some of my tomatoes due to over crowding in the pots and leave only 1 plant but I got used to having all of them now..

If anyone have some male flowers of any kind of squash that can exchange for a tomato plant I'll be very happy! Or if anyone knows how to solve this problem at least? I'm all ears!

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Name: Deb
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Jul 6, 2017 8:57 AM CST
Welcome from the Pacific Northwest! Everything you've posted looks healthy and happy. I'd just continue your current course. Re the squash, some folks hand pollinate and will likely jump in with ideas on that. I had a problem last year with planting zucchini in a pot on my back deck and nothing got pollinated. This year I have peppers in a couple pots and they aren't doing real well either. I think perhaps the deck is too windy for my pollinators to do their thing.
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Jul 6, 2017 12:29 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, @fcosgraf .

With regard to the squash -- are you certain you've been seeing only female flowers? It's much more common to see nothing but male flowers at first. At any rate, though, whichever the case is, just give them time and Mother Nature will make sure your plants have both types. Smiling
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Name: greene
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Jul 6, 2017 5:20 PM CST
fcosgraf said:

If anyone have some male flowers of any kind of squash that can exchange for a tomato plant I'll be very happy!

It would help to know your general location. Perhaps one or more of the NGA members may live in your area and would be willing to share pollen.

You are making excellent use of the space you have available. Good gardening!! Thumbs up

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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Jul 10, 2017 6:55 AM CST
Looks GREAT ! Hurray!
Just give squash more time.
You do have drain holes in buckets, right ?
You need all or mostly 5 gal buckets. One tomato or squash in one bucket each. Smaller plants, like peppers 2 in each bucket.
Tomatoes all grow different. I don't prune mine. But, being your on patio, you may have to do some pruning, if they get out of hand. ( large or in the way) It dosent hurt them.
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Name: Jackie
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Jul 10, 2017 7:32 AM CST
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Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Jul 11, 2017 2:11 AM CST
If you are planting peas now, you must be very far north, or they won't grow in Summer. A Fall planting works too. Hand pollinating most crops is a pain, but it does work. Get a nice soft small brush. Don't worry about cleaning the brush. Plants will ignore other crops' pollen.

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