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Comment by Lorraine Smith Pacific NW on August 22, 2014 at 4:46pm

Thanks William. I don't see many honey bees around here anymore. The clover blooms without them and people tend to use alot of roundup or other weed killers on their blackberries and in their corn fields here which has glyphosate. Either they are ignorant of all the studies done or just desperate, I don't know which. . .

Comment by William Brooks Zone 7/OK on August 22, 2014 at 4:21pm

Lorraine there are several bees that do the pollinating on my cantaloupes. I have Honey Bees on the property 2 hives right now. I am not sure what the other bee is that works the flowers, it could be wood bees or the bumble bee I can't tell the 2 apart. They do need lots of sun and water.

Comment by Lorraine Smith Pacific NW on August 22, 2014 at 3:12pm

William do you know what bug pollinates your cantaloupe? I have plenty of leaves & flowers but no fruit. They are under roof but open to weather and bugs. Trying to hand pollinate them. . .

Comment by Lorraine Smith Pacific NW on August 22, 2014 at 3:08pm

Vicky, you have made sooo much progress on that place it's no wonder your back is complaining! It's great that you have before & after photos to show how much you have really accomplished. Looks like what you need now is help from some farmer with tons of barnyard manure/chips/compost or shavings to deliver all winter long. Get that soil like a sponge for spring! Do you have any farm critters to help the process?

Comment by Vicky Myers on August 20, 2014 at 12:23pm

Elizabeth fry and smother your zuc in onions, mushrooms, garlic & onion powder, dill and eggs. You won't know it is in there.

Comment by Vicky Myers on August 20, 2014 at 12:18pm

Speaking of bugs we have lots of them too. They totally made all the mints look horrible and were munching on us the other night while a bunch of us were sitting around out there trying to have a bible study. They have speckled the rosemary plants too. I so need beneficial bugs. We did drag one praying mantis home from the school yard. It is busy eating in the herb garden. Lots of flies, only saw one big bumble bee, little hover flies I guess as they do hover around the plants, ground beetles, those ugly June bug looking things but think they are the other guys who come out every few years, killed all I found of those as I dug them up. Got a couple who were flying around. Lots of ants black and big red ones, keep forgetting to go deal with the huge red ant hills at night. do believe they are fire ants as one got me and it burned for a couple of hours.

Still have the 7ft tall weeds in the driveway will be hitting those with vinegar, Epsom salt and Dawn soon and hauling them away or just digging them out then keeping up with the vinegar solution. The neighbor just cuts them down in his grapes, guess it is good to know they don't use herbicide. They do use nasty pesticides on all the hops and fruit trees all around here. GRRRRR!

Comment by Vicky Myers on August 20, 2014 at 12:06pm

William I don't know why one side of beans is growing faster than the other. Only that little area of garden in the front yard looks good. The field out front is still full of weeds, the downed bushes and one downed sick-a-more tree. Where the veg garden was while growing up here is full of dead grass, weeds & pots, buckets etc of blueberries and other plants.

Sorry to hear about your zucs. Wish I had more ground prepared so I could have beets, onions and lots more. Also an irrigation pump to water them with & a fence to keep out the rabbits and birds. I didn't get one blueberry, the birds didn't even let them get ripe. I want the big tree out front gone too so I can park there without them pooping all over my car. Can't park in the old rickety garage either as the pigeons took over it too and all my garden stuff and more stuff the fellows dragged home for the sale. Hope to have the barn cleaner and bird proofed so can have the sale in it by the second week in Sept. That won't happen if I don't get out of this depression I'm in and get to work. The guys have work for others too so not doing much here right now. My back is talking to me this morning after digging & moving dead grass clumps so much night before last.

Comment by Elizabeth Fowler on August 20, 2014 at 12:04pm

William this has been a terrible year for Squash ,at our house anyway. We had one Zuc. plant quite by accident I don't like Zuchini at all but the Zuc plant had more on it than all my Squash.

Comment by William Brooks Zone 7/OK on August 20, 2014 at 7:42am

I have toms by the bucket full, cherry toms and cuks . I had one bed come up with volunteers full of cantaloupe so we froze them for winter and onions also. I planted more onions last week and cabbage in the greenhouse. Started more beets on Monday I want more onions but hard to find now.  

Comment by William Brooks Zone 7/OK on August 20, 2014 at 7:35am

Sure looks good Vicky My zuc plants died from the bugs. I got 1 Zuc & 1 crookneck.  I have the hardest time with them I kill the bugs and smash the eggs and they keep coming back.


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