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bees living in my veg patch

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 10:03

That's interesting that you can have a bee nest. Maybe that's what we have as there were several coming and going. I'll make sure to guard it carefully. 

Thanks for letting me know that people are on here as volunteers. I only wondered, as I need to find a job working from home when my son goes to school, and I wondered if there was a such a thing as a job answering plant questions on forums. 

Ta!

 

Jen

bees living in my veg patch

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 17:49

Good to know, thanks. I'm a botanist/plant scientist, so I know about that side of things, but not about bees. My borther has just started keeping bees though, so I have started noticing them a lot more. 

bees living in my veg patch

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 16:51

Can I ask - are you all just roving experts who potter about answering people's questions for fun, or are some of you employed to do this?

Thanks,

Jen

bees living in my veg patch

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 20:54

Gosh that's a point. Not so much with the hoeing then. I've been dumping a bunch of compost on my veg patch to stop the annual weeds coming through (it was lawn in January and I stripped the turf off). I'll need to be a bit careful with the holes then. Will they mind if water goes down the hole? I suppose it must do that when it rains. My three year old was very interested to see them coming and going. He's a serious gardener now if he knows about mining bees.

bees living in my veg patch

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 20:26

Gosh, I really had no idea that bees nested in the ground. I'll make some more holes and see what happens. This is actually my first proper veg bed as I've always been a flower gardener. I'm doing it really properly so I have lots of carefully weeded exposed soil, which I suppose is working out well for them. I must make sure to let them know before I water.

Jen

bees living in my veg patch

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 19:51

Hi,

Yes the runner beans are actually in and they are living in holes round about them.

I put the beans in and then the poles, and in some places I shoved the poles in and then changed my mind and moved them over a bit. I think the bees are living in the holes that I took the bean poles back out of. It's great to see them there.

We also have solitary bees living in dowel holes in the underside of our wooden garden table. When we have guests round to eat the bees fly down between their knees carrying great big green leaf discs to use as a door to the holes. The guests look very suprised as the bees go in and out. 

We had a bee house, but nothing ever nested in it. Clearly they like the natural approach. 

Jen

bees living in my veg patch

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 17:02

Hi,

I just noticed that there are bees living in holes in my vegetable patch. I didn't know that they did that. There seemed to be three of them coming and going from three different holes about 2 or 3 inches apart. 

Jen

weed supressing membrane

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 18:28

Hi,

The flame gun scheme doesn't seem to be very effective against our monster grass, without frequent repetition, so we're going to try solarization next. We've to cover the grass in clear plastic sheet and wait for the sun to cook the grass, which apparently takes about 6 weeks. Should be fun.

Jen

weed supressing membrane

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 23:07

Hi,

This flame technique has been very good. Immediately after I finished flaming the lawn the first time, our very bad hayfever (of 2 years) vanished. The next day the lawn looked kind of tan in colour, the way that it does in a really hot dry summer. Today I went out and flamed it again, to try to finish the grass off. It was harder this time, because the gas cylinder was running low. The first time the job was just as quick as strimming. I'm very glad I used the technique, because my toddler was able to play out on the grass as soon as I was finished. There has been no need to wait for rain (which almost never comes here) and no need to worry about the 60 day half life in degrading glyphosate. Just a nice, slightly toasted look to my lawn, and no more hayfever. Huzzah! I'll keep at it and figure out just how long it takes to actually finish of the grass. I need to do that before I can replace it with slower growing lawn seed. It seem that I accidentlly sowed fast growing grass that is mean for livestock farms, and I am trying to switch back.

weed supressing membrane

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 14:57

Well, I've bought a roofers flame gun and flamed my lawn. It was quite easy, and just wanted a lot of health-and-safety type care. The grass turned brighter green as I flamed it, and now looks slightly blackened, but not burnt. I'll post if there is any progress in the coming days.

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