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The new Echium Bee Bed is filling in well. From the colorful lobelia in front to the tallest Tower of Jewels echium plant, they all attract bees.
July 3…The Hugelkulture bed is looking so much better since we weeded, planted, and mulched with compost and wood chips.
A view from our garden bench in July reveals the garden in full glory.
July 3…The dwarf sunflowers are open and attracting bees already. It’s older siblings can only watch with envy.
This deer seems to be asking me the question…”What are you doing out here at this time in the evening, this is MY time?” In the video you’ll see why she looked up…she picked up the sound of the camera’s zoom lens. Their hearing is phenomenal, but luckily their eyesight isn’t that good. I’m standing in the sunlight just a short distance away, but she can’t see me very well.
Arrrgh! Deer damage!
I’m not sure if there’s any reason to net what’s left of these potatoes. They have been stripped of their leaves by the ‘cute’ deer. 😦
I mulched this corn in the morning…by the afternoon, the deer had already sampled it. A temporary fence is now in place to protect it…I hope it recovers.
This tomato’s only crime was to be planted at the end of the bed where the deer could reach it easily.
Planted from seed last year, these Hollyhocks have survived the deer twice. We’re so happy to finally see the blooms, but we’ve yet to see any bees on them.
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6-3-13 We’ve got a good start, though some sunflower seedlings got chewed down by the slugs
6-18-13 Lots of self-seeded borage. The bees like it, but I’m going to have to thin it. I want the other plants to grow and I’m especially excited about the meadowfoam which also is a self-seeding bee-loving flower. The bee hives and the new bee flower garden are in the background.
August 19, 2013…My new slogan is…”If the bees love it, leave it.” The bees LOVE borage. I let it grow in the Hugelkulture bed even though it’s not real pretty. The pretty flower, Poached Egg Meadowfoam was also well liked by the bees, then the deer spotted it, now it’s gone.
Looking at the north side. Clearly I should have listened to my wife when she warned me that squash wouldn’t do very well the first year. In that regard, it’s a failure…but the main goal was to grow plants that the bees love. Nasturtiums never made the list. Don’t let anyone tell you they are deer proof. They are not and I never saw a bee get close to one. The borage self-seeded itself and the bees love it, so rather than pull it, I’ll just let it grow. The bees will sip nectar until late in the evening, so in that regard, it’s a success. We also added 3 echium ‘trees’, which seem to be doing well. We hope they will all shoot up to be “Towers of Jewels.”
The beginning of this project…
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