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The ducks have a new yard, my future tomato and bean garden. 12.22.17
Daniel, I love that photo of the sunflower, corn, and marigolds! What a combination. I can almost match it (and I'll try later).
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.
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.
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.
Don, I agree with Daniel about your great views.
No sweat bees here that I'm aware of.
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.
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?
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.
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