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Old 05-29-2011, 07:43 AM
 
Location: S.E. US
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Try these to "bee-friend" a veggie garden:

Attracting Bees To The Vegetable Garden | Veggie Gardener
(list of flowers AND herbs that attract bees)

The Honeybee Conservancy » Plant a Bee Garden
Good ideas, plus build a small "bee bath"...sounds cute. I'd never heard of this before! Will have to try it.

I do have some flowers here and there in my veggie garden to attract bees, but I think I will add some more, though there are a few bees now and then as is.
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Old 05-29-2011, 08:45 AM
 
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Mother Earth News has an article this month on gardening to attract bees - Bee Gardens: Flowers, Fruits and Herbs for a Bee-Friendly Habitat - Modern Homesteading - MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Or you could take up bee keeping - then you'd also have honey to go with your abundant crops
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Old 05-29-2011, 11:05 AM
 
Location: not where you are
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HB2HSV,

Very nice pea garden set up. Makes me wish I had more space than a balcony.
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Old 05-29-2011, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC dreaming of other places
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Southward, lialleycat thank you both so much for the info.
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Old 05-30-2011, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC dreaming of other places
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Happy to announce that I saw one Bee in my patio yesterday, hope she invites more of her friends over. I am heading out to get some flowers from the list I found in the link Southbound posted hope it will attract more of them.
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Old 05-30-2011, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Da Parish
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Anyone growing mirlitons, (aka chayote)? Mine don't seem to be doing anything.
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Old 05-30-2011, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Happy to announce that I saw one Bee in my patio yesterday, hope she invites more of her friends over. I am heading out to get some flowers from the list I found in the link Southbound posted hope it will attract more of them.
I hope so too. I have only seen one so far in our garden, but it is early. I did find a couple lady bugs yesterday, that is a good sign and I have 2 little grape tomotoes, they are green, but they are there. That is making me smile. Now if I can just get the damn weeds under control.

Nita
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Old 05-30-2011, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC dreaming of other places
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Nita, Yes I know what you mean with the weeds. I have been getting up every morning and before I even have my coffee, I step outside, look around and pull couple little ones before that take hold. I am trying to get rid of Bermuda grass, but so far, not as successfully. I know it will take a few years, by then I will have moved already from this house :-)
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Old 05-30-2011, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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Anyone growing mirlitons, (aka chayote)? Mine don't seem to be doing anything.
We call those christophenes in the caribbean, but no not growing any.
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Old 05-30-2011, 04:45 PM
 
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I would like to announce I have FOUR whole asparagus! ;-D They are about half the thickness of a pencil, maybe 4 inches tall, and very cute. Amazing what we can get excited about, eh?! LOL Now if only a mole or something won't help himself to them...

The lettuces are doing well in the rainy and barely off and on spring weather we've been having. The bell peppers look pretty good, the tomatoes have grown a bit and have blossoms. Pretty much all the melon plants are dead or have been eaten by critters. Our weather just isn't cut out for melons, likely won't try them again. The spaghetti squash is actually growing though I will be very surprised if they make it. New 3-in-1 apple tree, asian pear tree and pear tree are growing. Just bought a fig tree this weekend, all fruit trees 50% off at the nursery. Time to dig another hole...
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