Primary Earth-friendly Gardening Tenents:

*Tolerate minimal damage to plants and lawn from pests. *Build and maintain healthy soil by using compost and natural soil amendments. *Use chemicals as a last resort. *Use native plants when possible. They are adapted to the climate, soil and area pests. *Attract Beneficial Insects to increase pollination and decrease harmful pests. *Conserve water by using responsible watering methods.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

pollination and IPM around the garden

I added 6 Agastache 'Apricot Sunrise' (hyssop, hummingbird mint) to the vegetable (squash bed) beds and herb garden because I was concerned that the front Hummingbird/ Butterfly/ Pollinator garden was so intense that the pollinators were not moving around the house to pollinate the squash. I was seeing a lot of male flowers, but not as many female flowers and not as many bees.
I got this really cute turtle stepping stone for one of the squash beds. I am on the lookout for other stepping stones -
I converted a couple of cucmber supports to taller bamboo stakes as they had outgrown their previous stakes.
And I hose washed the bee balm, which was getting a bit of powdery mildew. A good hose wash on a sunny day may take care of powdery mildew before having to resort to other methods.
And I photographed the roses, in order down the bed, to start attempting to identify them -