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I place tomato cages over myI place tomato cages over my squash plants when they are very small. This supports them but also allows me to pick the fruit easier. At this point you should get stakes the same height as the plant, put it in the soil next to the plant (carefully), make sure you are not on the root side, then use old t-shirt strips to tie the stalk to the stake. Hand pollinating is ok but you could transfer bacteria to the plant, I use brand new q-tips to pollinate if I don't see the bees doing it. If you see a lot of bees around the blooms early in the morning you should not need to pollinate by hand.

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