When your squash grows 3 inches long, then shrivels up and dies, then you have a pollination problem. (Or, the pollinators are getting killed by insecticides.) Squash plants bear both male and female flowers. To have fruit set, pollen from the male flower must be physically transferred to the female flower by bees. Do you have a lot of pollinating bees in your garden? If not, you can manually pollinate the flowers yourself--help them along with some Q-tips!
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