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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 23, 2016 at 4:09pm

Spud, I think you are probably right. Let's hope the city gardeners don't use a lot of toxic chemicals. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 23, 2016 at 2:19pm

There do seem to be almost as many natural pollinators in my garden as honey bees.

The nearest agriculture areas start about 3 miles from me.  With a limit of 4 miles to find flowers, I still guess that most of my bees come from places in the city.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 23, 2016 at 1:17pm

Spud, my guess is, with the 4,000+ elevation, the Snake River nearby and all the agriculture that grows near you, that you have a natural pollinator population plus the bees brought in for the farms. 

The bee loss appears to be an awful experience and I hope many hives were brought in to catch some of the loose bees. The article said some bees found hives. I wonder what caused the crashes? 

The drone photos perfectly suited for this task performed beautifully. I wonder where one gets a camera on a drone? 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 23, 2016 at 11:18am

I found that article while trying to find where all the pollinators in my garden were coming from.  I couldn't find out, but there must be hives in pocatello.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 23, 2016 at 11:16am

Joan, thanks for the Idaho Bee guide.  It's a coincident that I was just getting ready to post a sad story about several trucks full of bees crashing and killing millions of bees close to my home.  It was a year ago, but I just learned of it.  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3232745/Millions-bees-wreak...

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 23, 2016 at 11:05am

Greetings fellow gardeners. Your photos inspire me to get up early and tend to my jungle. 

Daniel, your garden amazes me and to think you have challenges other than gardening to which you attend. 

Randy,your sunflowers healthy standing tall and erect. They reveal you have soil that provides all they need

I ran across an interesting paper from U of Idaho, while looking for information while I was at Laura's. 

Homeowner Guide to Bees

There is a small blip about Sweat Bees but does not have information on repellant. 

The following article may be useful:

What gets rid of sweat bees without using chemicals?

Comment by Plinius on August 23, 2016 at 8:03am

Just beautiful, Randall! Don't compare...

Comment by Randall Smith on August 23, 2016 at 7:53am

Here's my sunflower/corn version. Not nearly as nice as Daniel's.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 22, 2016 at 2:01pm
@ Daniel, no I've not planted any raspberries. The few vines that are here were here when we moved here. I this they're wild if there is such a thing. If there was ever an old homestead here there are no remains of it anywhere.

I have a pumpkin from the hugelculture bed! I had given up.
Comment by Randall Smith on August 22, 2016 at 11:02am

Daniel, I love that photo of the sunflower, corn, and marigolds! What a combination. I can almost match it (and I'll try later).

 

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