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Wife says bees are helping out in the garden
« on: November 05, 2016, 07:39:25 pm »
She says these are the tallest, straightest tomato plants she's ever grown!  She planted from seeds this year, rather than sets.  But the bees seem to have been doing their job in pollinating.







The Broccoli and Bell Peppers are coming along, too!






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Re: Wife says bees are helping out in the garden
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2016, 08:04:36 pm »
Great looking garden!  Thanks for posting the pictures.

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Re: Wife says bees are helping out in the garden
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2016, 08:11:51 pm »
When I had a garden I had no time for bees. Now I have bees I had no time for a garden. But we will overcome and have more bees and big garden next year. :yes:

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Re: Wife says bees are helping out in the garden
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2016, 08:27:38 pm »
When were those pictures taken? We had a chances of "mixed precipitation" today! :o
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Re: Wife says bees are helping out in the garden
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2016, 10:25:44 pm »
I took the pics about three hours before I posted them.

And it rained before we got back inside.
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Re: Wife says bees are helping out in the garden
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2016, 07:44:22 am »
That looks like our garden, 3 months ago! :o :laugh: :laugh:
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Re: Wife says bees are helping out in the garden
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2016, 08:09:22 am »
Mine too Perry.  Still got parsley and carrots going under a row cover.  Hoping to have carrots for Thanksgiving and parsley for the stuffing.

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Re: Wife says bees are helping out in the garden
« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2016, 08:19:13 am »
When were those pictures taken? We had a chances of "mixed precipitation" today! :o
Kathy was planting in September for this garden.

Everything from the Spring garden was dead by August. Probably picked the last of the tomatoes in June or July.

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Re: Wife says bees are helping out in the garden
« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2016, 09:07:58 am »
Yep same here, tomatoes and anything else pretty much cooks in July to September here when temps average 105F or so. We plant again in October or November depending on cool off time.
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Re: Wife says bees are helping out in the garden
« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2016, 09:54:17 am »
This is the first year in a long time, decades, that I didn't have a spring/summer garden.  I already have next years garden prepared.  All I have to do in plant.

In our area, pepper plants are pest free and will live from April until our first frost in November.  They are the most rewarding of all garden plants in our area. 

I have raised tomatoes many years, and I don't ever remember seeing honey bee on them.  Lots of flies and small wasp hang around the blooms, but not honey bees. 

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Re: Wife says bees are helping out in the garden
« Reply #10 on: November 17, 2016, 08:41:20 am »
This is the first year in a long time, decades, that I didn't have a spring/summer garden.  I already have next years garden prepared.  All I have to do in plant.

In our area, pepper plants are pest free and will live from April until our first frost in November.  They are the most rewarding of all garden plants in our area. 

I have raised tomatoes many years, and I don't ever remember seeing honey bee on them.  Lots of flies and small wasp hang around the blooms, but not honey bees. 

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I asked Wife, and she agrees.  She hasn't seen many bees out in the garden.

I guess I should just give the credit to her,
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Re: Wife says bees are helping out in the garden
« Reply #11 on: November 17, 2016, 01:22:48 pm »
I opened the pictures and then increased their size---studied them carefully and closed them down to read through the posts on the thread.  As I was reading the various posts,  I started smelling something funny so I stopped reading to figure out what it was----you won't believe this, but after a moment of sniffing I realized that I was "smelling" tomato plants.  :o  :yes:

Amazing, how the eyes  can activate the brain's sense of smell.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

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Re: Wife says bees are helping out in the garden
« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2016, 02:06:29 pm »
Wow!
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Re: Wife says bees are helping out in the garden
« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2016, 02:15:01 pm »
Her biggest problem right now is that something is chewing the buds off of her bell peppers.  She put out diatomacious earth, and that slowed it down, but didn't stop it.  The local nursery said it was worms and gave her something "organic" to spray.  The critters seemed to enjoy eating he peppers even more.  Yesterday she found a grasshopper gnawing on the plants.  She flicked it off.  Then she realized that was the culprit. 

So she went back out, garden scissors in hand, and tracked him down.  She cut him in half.  She's been using this same technique on the caterpillars that have been munching on the Tomato plants. 

She came back in after killing the grasshopper and announced that she did not believe she would make a very good murderer.  She didn't like how it felt when she cut the grasshopper in half.

I didn't realize she had even been contemplating such a career.

And I didn't point out that she killed the grasshopper, despite her concerns.  Not to mention countless caterpillars.



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Re: Wife says bees are helping out in the garden
« Reply #14 on: November 17, 2016, 02:26:11 pm »
Sprinkle all the plants with white lime powder and all the bugs will be gone.....................................................Except maybe you. 
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Re: Wife says bees are helping out in the garden
« Reply #15 on: December 18, 2016, 09:01:47 am »
We had a high of 80 degrees yesterday with high winds. The the blue norther hit around midnight. Still windy this morning, and the thermometer says it's 32 this morning. It wasn't supposed to freeze, so we didn't cover the tomato plants.

This might be the last of the harvest!



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Re: Wife says bees are helping out in the garden
« Reply #16 on: December 18, 2016, 09:18:46 am »
You got the red ones, but if there are any green ones on the vine you can always pickle them.

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Re: Wife says bees are helping out in the garden
« Reply #17 on: December 18, 2016, 10:41:21 am »
Kathy's not a big fan of green tomatoes.  But we have friends who love them.

We'll be back out later today to pull everything that looks pickable.
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Re: Wife says bees are helping out in the garden
« Reply #18 on: December 18, 2016, 02:28:53 pm »
I love pickled green tomatoes.  You can also dip them in flour and fry them.  hmmmmmmm..............

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Re: Wife says bees are helping out in the garden
« Reply #19 on: December 18, 2016, 03:44:57 pm »
Fried green tomatoes are a treat.