Pollinators and Predators

  We have flowers EVERYWHERE right now.  Hostas, Black Eyed Susans, sunflowers, cosmos, tickseed, Queen Anne’s Lace, poppies, hibiscus, roses, dahlias, marigolds, verbena, zinnia, bachelor’s button, and a million more are all blooming right now.  And the bees LOVE it!  It’s full honey season for them now and now they are working hard to be ready for winter.  They are busy in the grass, working on the clover so it’s a good time to wear shoes in the yard.  We’re letting them fill an entire honey super to keep for the winter, just to be sure they have enough.

We also use buckwheat as a covercrop on the old garlic beds and I usually cut it when it flowers so it won’t self-sow.  But the bees are all over it.  Bumble bees, solitary bees and our own honey bees send a slow hum into the summer afternoon around the buckwheat.  So we’ll let it go to seed and harvest the seeds for cover crops next year.

 

Speaking of leaving things in the ground, I went out to cut the dill to dry it and then pull it out for the year, and it was covered in ladybug larva.  Absolutely covered.  So we left it.  Ladybug larva are voracious predators of aphids and other pests so we’re just going to leave that dill right there.

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