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Comment by Randall Smith on August 21, 2016 at 7:12am

Joan, that site on sweat bees didn't address how to keep them away. I've sprayed on "Off", bleach, soaps, etc. Nothing works. No big deal--there are many bigger things to be concerned with!

Good looking garden, as usual, Don. My brocolli and cabbage were very good this year. I have frozen most of it. My biggest disappointment has been Swiss Chard. I suspect rabbits. No beets, either. Again, rabbits. Grrr.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 20, 2016 at 12:33pm
Broccoli is usually a waste of time in our heat. Occasionally we have a cool enough spring to grow it. But it's rare so most of us don't bother.
Horse flies, sweat bees, mosquito, fleas. If it bites, human or animal, ky has it. Ticks haven't been bad this year but that could be the chickens are free ranging and getting them before they get us.
Comment by Don on August 20, 2016 at 10:12am

Dainiel--I just shred them, pack them into Ziplocs, and freeze them.  Couldn't be simpler.  I add them to soups in the winter--great thickener.

Comment by Don on August 20, 2016 at 10:09am

Our raspberries (the bearing canes) did not do well this year, although next year's canes  look healthy.  It's an old bed, over 20 years in that spot.  If next year is no good, I guess I'll have to replant.  But the rest of the garden is doing very well. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 20, 2016 at 10:08am

Don, I agree with Daniel about your great views.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 20, 2016 at 10:05am

No sweat bees here that I'm aware of.

Comment by Don on August 20, 2016 at 9:56am

No humidity and no bugs at all here in northern Vermont at the height of our all-too-brief gardening season.  Beautiful weather.  Cooking down tomatoes and shredding zukes for the freezer today, while others in the household are picking wild blackberries, which are really plentiful this year. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 20, 2016 at 9:32am

Kathy, your humidity sounds unbearable, and the bugs, just awful. I would invite you to move to the northwest, however, with the balmy weather we have, the entire nation will be migrating to the northwest. Just the load of people arriving by the millions will make Washington state heavy on the continent and tip us right off into the Pacific Ocean. 

Randy, the sweat bees are new to me. I Googled how to eliminate sweat bees, and the remedy does not look easy. Here is what I found. Wish I could find a better way to get rid of them. 

How to Eliminate Sweat Bees

There is a whole page of solutions, and none of them look too promising. It is the sweet sweat that lures them to you ... at least that what is claimed. 

I wonder if eating garlic helps? What do construction workers, gardeners, or road crews do? 

Comment by Randall Smith on August 20, 2016 at 8:53am

Yes, spring raspberry producing vines die out and new shoots give the autumn berries. They winter over to produce spring berries. I'm going to be making a lot of wine!

It hasn't been so much the mosquitoes, but the sweat bees that drive me crazy. They are swarming me this year. One day, as I sat in my lawn chair, I was determined to kill every last one that landed on me. I must have swatted over 200 and they still kept coming! I finally gave up. I'm not sure if they do any pollinating. I'll have to look that up.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 20, 2016 at 6:34am

Kathy, perhaps you have the kind of raspberry that only fruit once a year.

 

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