There was a time in my life (before knit addiction) that I was an avid reader, always having my nose in a book, but these days not as much. I do however try to spend a little time each night before going to bed reading, if even for 15 minutes. This month, the book I have been reading is "The Secret Life of Bees". Interesting that this was the book I chose for summer reading, and also the summer of the Bee Shawl, which I hope to work on this fall. I have found a new appreciation for Bees........and Beekeepers.
Early in the summer I was a bit worried that I did not have enough Bee activity in my garden, which of course is not a good thing. However, as the summer has progressed, my squash flowers have become havens for the Bees. Many mornings I find a Bee sleeping in almost every flower.
I do have some garden quandaries however that I am hoping that some of you more experienced gardeners can help me with. This garden patch has been a learning experience for me. Having only used raised beds in the past, I find that a patch has a few more challenges. I'm not sure why, but it has.
Squash....As you can see, I have beautiful winter squash plants with tons and tons of big yellow bee filled flowers, but yet, I am not getting many squash fruit (vegetable) from these flowers. I think maybe 10 altogether. With all the flowers and bees, why so few squash?
Basil....we had quite a few good harvests from the basil plants, but over the last week, they have become discolored and less hardy looking. Could this be from the cooler temps...or is is due to something else?
Red Onion......this was a very new to me thing to plant and I guess I didn't thin out the seedlings enough....I had no clue how to grow onions, but next year, I will know better as these onions will not get big enough for much :(
Bugs.....uggh! Anytime I have a garden, I plant Mammoth Sunflowers, both beautiful and a source of seeds for the neighborhood birds, but this year we have visitors on the leaves. Does anyone know what these are? Usually with this cluster of bugs on a leaf, I will find a big black ant as well. I don't know if the ant is eating or nurturing the bugs........either way, I don't want them...uggh!
Tomatoes..... No problem, other than our cooler than usual temps.....yikes, with they ever turn red?? I know there is no help for these other than a couple of good hot days :-)
Thanks in advance for any suggestions :-). On another note, I had quite a few people ask me if I were getting out of the dyeing business and I want to assure you that I am not :-) I will be dyeing full steam up until Fryeburg Fair and then I plan to take a few months off to recharge before vending at Spa. Everything that I have will be available now in both the wool/nylon blend and my normal merino/nylon blend up until the fair, then I will shut down for a little spell to spend some time working on the homestead and playing with these things...