Hello

Hello

I'm a vegetable growing newbie this year and I am a little surprised about something. I'm currently trying to grow butternut squash. For ages the plant didn't grow at all and I was convinced it was dying, but suddenly it picked up and is now really big. It has lots of tiny flower buds on, but the only two to open so far have been two female ones with tiny squash at the base. I assumed that these little squash would drop off because I didn't think they could be pollinated without any mature male flowers. However, the flowers have now shrivelled and dropped off but the little squash are still there. And I think they seem a little bigger. I've prodded them a bit and they seem firmly attached to the stem. Of course there's always a chance that they will die and drop off tomorrow, but is there any way they could grow into butternut squashes without having been near a male squash flower?! I am growing pumpkins and courgettes nearby.. could one of them have pollinated them?! That sounds like such a daft question and until now I would have assumed the answer was no. I guess another possibility is that they were somehow pollinated by a plant on our local allotments, but they're a good five minutes walk away.. could an insect really carry pollen that far? Thanks in advance :)
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