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I know I’m skipping a couple of steps (they will come next week, I promise – in fact, the next two weeks may be filled full with the oh-so-promised blog posts, ok?), however, I felt overly compelled to share this post sooner rather than later. Let’s have a round of snaps (Thetas!) for social and environmentally-oriented cause Thursday, shall we?

But seriously… I have to show you this:

It’s my first harvested yellow squash!

It’s amazing and I’m floored. Case in point? Here’s a picture of the only (seriously, only) summer squash I harvested last summer:

This year, I’m on track to reap bounds and bounds more. I have my beer out for slugs, I’m side dressing (more to come about that), adequately watering and allowing for lots of circulation. As I glow over my success, I can tell you there’s one thing I’m thankful for: that squash don’t rely on pollination as much as other plants do?

Why, you ask? Well, evidently the world is facing a bee population problem. Truth be told, I’ve heard of this before. I even recently thought about it as I laid out reading my book club book on Sunday and realized that I hadn’t even had to bat a bee away. You see, as gal in my late twenties, I’ve never been stung. Ever. What I thought a few days ago as good fortune, however, is actually a symptom of a slightly scary problem. I was reminded of this as I went to Whole Foods for my consolatory post-facial wax slice of pizza today and saw this link:

The site has a lot of good information regarding the science of what’s keeping the bees’ buzz at a timid volume and also includes a lot of great action items. While I would love to be a beekeeper (seriously, I hear it’s so much fun!), the more rational options are for me to be selective regarding the sprays that I use in my vegetable garden and continuing to cultivate bee-friendly plants.

Anyway, I just thought I’d pass this site along and try to provoke a little interesting lunch time conversation. What is it about summer squash that strikes my rally-the-troop nerve?

Any “funny” bee sting stories about there?