If I accomplished one thing this year, this was it.

22 09 2008

As I look back over the gardening season, I think the best thing I’ve done this year is provide some habitiat for bees in my previously-blighted front yard.  I’ve seen bees on the lavendar nearly every day this fall, whereas before there wasn’t a bee to be seen.   In the spring, depending on how much the strawberries end up doing, I’m going to try and plant more flowers to continue to attract beneficial insects.


Artichoke Blossoms

6 08 2008

One of the great joys of being a novice gardening is putting two and two together and figuring out which food goes with which plant.  When I first saw a neighbor’s artichoke plants, I was dumbfounded trying to figure out where the chokes would appear.  This spring, I enjoyed seeing them put up their stalks.  Little did I know at the time is that artichokes are thistles and,if left uncut, have these lovely blossoms.  Unfortunately for me, the plants seem to spread their silvery arms wide enough that they would take up most of my 10X10. Someday.   Meanwhile, these gorgeous blossoms are bee heaven.   The bees are literally wading through the purple fronds.

Flowers are good, even if you’re small.

14 07 2008

I was absolutely thrilled to see this little guy this morning.   Our community garden has been devoid of bees this year, and it has been beyond depressing.   I’ve been letting my herbs go to bloom this year, in hopes of attracting as many beneficial insects as possible.  I’m so glad that my thyme plant attracted this little man!

Especially in the city where habitat for beneficial insects is sparse, planting even a few flowers in your small garden can go a long way toward attracting these helpful creatures.   This year, I planted some calendula in order to add some color and attract bugs.

Thankfully, despite the lack of bees, there have been enough pollinators around to help out my tomato plants!