What the hell happened to the bees? It has been several years now. I see the odd drone now and then, but no bees. They are a crucial element in vegetable growing with their ability to pollinate. Which leads to another question: How the hell do the farmers do it? I'm growing these bizarre, egg-shaped cucumbers. They start out great and then suddenly stop and end up with a "lumpy" part at the stem, sort of ending up having the shape of a fat summer squash. Online research showed that this is caused by a lack of proper pollination. I also had many female buds, like hundreds, that grew about an inch and then died, also due to lack of pollination.