Tuesday, August 5, 2014
The gardening season is almost over and all that remains to be done is harvesting, a bit of weeding, and putting the garden to rest, right?
Not so fast!
Most of the same vegetables that you planted in the spring are also happy in the cool autumn weather. So go over your list for your March and April plantings and most of them that mature with out a lot of fussiness will be good for planting mid August.
Here is a quick list:
Have fun with your fall garden!
Thursday, May 22, 2014
|A honeybee on an ornamental crabapple.|
While any plant with a flower is an improvement, not all of them are great for helping the bees. This is a list I put together to provide lots of bee food on a quarter acre lot. I focused very heavily on late summer blooms because that is when the bees in my area struggle the most to find food. I highlighted those plants, so if you are limited on space you can focus on those first.
This is only one set of plants I could have used, so feel free to study and come up with your own bee guild (community) that meets the needs of where you live. And remember to plant in groups so that clusters of the same plants are at lease three feet across. The bees will find them easier that way.
Oh, this plan leaves enough space for a veggie garden and some grass. The clover is on the list to make the grass more bee friendly!
Enjoy yourselves, manana!
|Common Name||Scientific Name||Start of flowering||End of flowering||Width|
|Bigtooth Maple||Acer gandidentatum||April||May||25'|
|Black Locust||Robinia pseudoacacia||May||June||30'|
|Linden 'Green Spire'||Tilia cordata||June||July||30'|
|Shubs and Perennials|
|Fragrant Sumac 'Lowgrow'||Rhus aromatica||April||May||6'|
|Blackberry||Rubus spp.||May||June||As pruned|
|Woodland Sage||Salvia nemorosa||May||July||18"|
|Red-Flowering Thyme||Thymus praecox||June||July||Creeping|
|Catmint||Nepeta x faassenii||June||August||18"|
|Melissa, Lemon Balm||Melissa officinalis||June||August||18"|
|Purple Coneflower||Echinacea purpurea||June||September||2'|
|Russian Sage||Perovskia atriplicifolia||July||September||4'|
|Bluebeard||Caryopteris x clandonensis||July||September||4'|
|Blanket Flower||Gaillardia aristata||June||October||10"|
|Anise hyssop||Agstache foeniculum||July||October||3'|
|Garlic chives||Allium tuberosa||September||September||12"|
|Dutch White Clover||Trifolium repens||May||August||Creeping|
Friday, April 4, 2014
|Hall's Hardy almond in Highland, Utah 2013.|
Mills Park Clean Up
April 12 at Mills Park (by Taco Bell on Second West) in Provo
10:00am, all day long!
- Help Provo City residents take care of a forgotten historic site.
- Learn about local history from neighbors.
Fruit Tree Care Workshop
April 19 at Pioneer Book in Provo
3:00 to 6:00
$15 early $20 at the door.
- Organic pest control.
- Keys to quality fruit.
- Basic pruning and thinning.
Eco Garden Fundamentals (Permaculture Fundamentals)
April 24 at Pioneer Book in Provo
3:00 to 6:00
- Learn what it takes to care for the environment and people.
- Start your brain working in different ways.
- Learn to look at your yard as an integral part of your life and health.
For more information and to register email Alex Grover at:
Saturday, March 29, 2014
I have been seeing bees for over a month now. They have been gathering pollen from the early blooming trees: maple, elm, poplar, and willow. Pollen provides protein for growing bee larva, but does not provide energy for flying bees. Early in the season, that still comes from the sugar stored as honey.
Some of the early bulbs give a little nectar and I am sure the bees manage to find a bit here and there in the wild. The most important time for nectar is when the dandelions start blooming. Dandelions are rich in pollen, but they are also rich in early nectar. This early nectar helps honey bees fuel long flights while searching for later nectar flows, as well as fuel the growth of spring bee populations.
Dandelions are also markers for when the fruit trees and other early bloomers start producing. But you should never forget that dandelions are a major source of bee energy all by themselves.
If you care about bees, stop killing dandelions!
Friday, March 28, 2014
|It is too late to spray this apple.|
The apricots are now blooming, so it is too late to do a dormant spray on them. But you can still treat your apples, peaches and nectarines, and pears.
If you had problems with any of these pests last year you can use organic dormant oil on them right now:
- Blister mites
- Brown mites
- Peach twig borer
- Pear psylla
- San Jose scale
Check the oil before you buy it to make sure it is listed as organic. Then mix 5 tablespoons of oil per 1 gallon water and shake it well. Oil is not a "poison," so you need to spray the tree heavily enough that the oil can plug up the breathing holes on the pests. This happens when the entire tree is dripping after being sprayed.
Temperatures should be between 50 and 70 degrees when you spray, and should not go below freezing in the 24 hours after spraying.
Start spraying right now, but you need to stop as soon as your:
- Apples have buds that are half green.
- Pears have a cluster of smaller buds bursting through the main bud.
- Peaches and nectarines show pink through the bud.
Dormant spraying does not help with codling moths or greater peach tree borer.