Week 10 – Planting Companion Plants

Last week we were preempted by the rain but I posted some pics of all the pots in the yard that needed to be planted and told about my adventure of going over anyway and planting for a couple of hours without making a dent in what needed to be done.  The segment from last Thursday was lost somewhere in computer land but has now been found and is posted at the end of this blog.  It’s fun to watch, so check it out.

This week we continued to get the garden ready for the Denver Dumb Friends League tour that is scheduled for June 10th.  Since we were preempted due to rain last week, during the week a few of us dropped in at different times to help plant the 1,000 gallon size annual plants throughout the garden.  Amazingly, they all got planted.  Here’s the results.  It was also time to fertilize the annual container gardens and pots.  Remember, fertilize once a week with a bloom product that has at least a number 10 for the middle number.  That means it’s high in phosphorus and helps keep your plants blooming and healthy.

We also talked about companion plants for the garden.  Some plants keep away bad pests and some attract good insects.  Especially bees.  Bees are needed to pollinate our plants and food so they will bloom and have fruit.  I have a bee hive in my back yard and they are a wonder to watch.  I shudder when people say they have bees and how can they kill them.  If you have a hive or swarm of bees that you don’t want around please call your local bee club to have someone come and remove them.  Bee keepers will find a good home for them.  If there is a swarm in a tree, the bees are just looking for a new home and may be gone by the time someone gets there to remove them.  Bees have become very endangered due to pesticides and bacteria diseases and varroa mites.  Honey Bees give their life when they sting you so they don’t usually say, “hey there is a person, I think I’ll go hassle them”.  They only sting if they are threatened so don’t go swatting at them.  Watch them and they are very amazing.  If you are deathly allergic just stay clear of them and keep an epi pen handy if you get stung.  Bee stings are rarely death threatening and the more we learn about the bees the better off we are.  Remember, bees pollinate our food and we need them.  We wouldn’t have our beautiful flowers to look at either without our pollinating friends.  Sometimes people confuse bees with wasps.  They are definitely two different insects.  Yellow Jackets are pests and can damage fruit on your plants and build nests in inconvenient places like your barbeque and sting you when you least expect it.  Instead of spraying chemicals that may harm the good insects, go to your local garden center and get a wasp trap.

In my garden I always plant marigolds to ward off the bad pests.  I even plant some marigolds in my tomato and pepper pots.  Red clover planted in your garden will attract bumble bees which are great pollinators.  Lavender also attracts bees.  Yesterday while sitting on my deck a bee was working the verbena in one of my container gardens.  Snakes don’t like the smell of marigold either so I plant them around my garage entrance.  They do sort of smell like skunk if you get really close to them.  It seems to work as they left and I have only seen one around there in the last couple of years.  Ok, now I need to knock on wood.  Don’t like the snakes in my garage!!!

This weeks segment is lost in computer land again.  When it’s found and posted on 9News or Rob’s site I’ll post in.  In the meantime enjoy the video of all the pots that were planted around the garden.

So far, so fun:  http://www.9news.com/video/1654985093001/0/Proctor-Apprentices-take-over-Robs-garden

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About pbodwell

Master Gardener; Nat'l Award Winning Photographer; Garden Writer; Artist - art books, print maker, hot glass, wire jewelry designer; sometime quilter; new homesteader; bee keeper; very crafty; Baseball fan, enthusiast, and researcher; all things vintage
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