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Planting Annual Flowers, Brussels Sprouts, Collards, Tomatoes. 4.23.18
Randy, is your corn developed enough to pick?
Spud, interesting question. I hope someone has answers.
Paricia, beautiful harvest! They look healthy, disease and insect free.
I was in my garden this morning, bright and early, in my robe and slippers, the first since arriving back home. A HUGE bumble bee embraced my robe sleeve and was so pretty, i just watched it's actions. Finding no food, it quickly left for a pretty cluster of flowers nearby.
I was just reading Michael Penn's comment about gawd's rainbows and the small rainbows in sprinklers. I was going to respond, but my old computer wouldn't let me. That's OK because I think this is the place to post what he reminded me of.
A couple of days ago I was working on something down on the ground near a tiny sprinkle one of my soaker hoses was putting-out. The sun through the raspberry leaves made a minute rainbow in it, and it was so beautiful, I just sat and watched it for a few minutes. Don't remember seeing one that small before.
There haven't been any bees on my onion flowers for quite a while. Those flowers must not be producing nectar or pollen anymore.
Now the bees are all over my raspberries. They don't seem to care for the blackberry flowers now, but there are plenty of blackberries ripening.
They don't seem to find anything they like in my melon flowers, as they take off as soon as they land. However, it looks like they do get the job done there as well, because I've spotted 14 melons so far.
Spud, field corn is either hardier or more protected in size to prevent it from being blown down.
Patricia, I envy your cauliflower. Mine hasn't headed up yet.
Daniel, happy to hear your report on a healthy bee population. Mine's been about average, which is to say, poor. No melons, but lots of squash, so somebody is doing his job.
Nice Patricia. I didn't plant any of those things this year. I miss broccoli and cauliflower, but I never know what to do with peppers. My mother used to stuff them with meat and other things. I should try that sometime.
Daniel, how are your bees doing?
When I finish my work for the day, I often watch the bees and wonder a few things about their work.
I've noticed that each flower get a visit about once a minute. Do you know if they leave any nectar or pollen for the next bee when they visit a flower? If depleted, do you know how long it takes a flower to produce enough to interest another bee?
Randall, how does your neighbor's commercial corn fair? I assume commercial corn is not flattened or people couldn't afford to raise it. Perhaps the large amount means the stalks protect each other from the wind.
It's been 50 years since I learned (and have since forgotten) how to graft in a college botany class. I may have to review the techniques.
Happy to pick up 0.6" of rain last night. Not so happy the storm flattened my sweet corn. It happens every year! Grrr. At least I haven't seen any raccoons (thanks, Molly dog!).
Daniel, thanks for reminding me of Cycle of Life page!
Those grafts look very healthy. I am eager to learn how the fruit progresses.
Hurrah, Joan! My farmer daughter's name is Emily Grace, named after my grandmother. All four of my kids included family names. I think it's a neat tradition. To some extent, they have followed suit.
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