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Post  lyndeeloo on 6/19/2013, 8:36 am

Spent an hour over the weekend, in a lawn chair, just watching some beautiful fat little bees working on my Tomato plants. Lots of blossoms and quite a few Tomatoes started. If this is any indication it could be a good year for Tomatoes in my little SFG.

Discovered three Cauliflower heads starting, I was just about to give up hope considering how the Broccoli has done. So then I spent some time chasing a couple cabbage moths with my butterfly net. Neighbors think I'm crazy anyways so why not have some fun!  

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Post  Pollinator on 6/19/2013, 12:26 pm

@lyndeeloo wrote:Spent an hour over the weekend, in a lawn chair, just watching some beautiful fat little bees working on my Tomato plants. Lots of blossoms and quite a few Tomatoes started. If this is any indication it could be a good year for Tomatoes in my little SFG.

That sight gets me high! Good luck - you already have some of it...
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Post  sanderson on 6/19/2013, 1:45 pm

Lyndee, Then you will have to color me crazy. I'm making a net out of a stick, wire coat hanger and tulle! The white butterfly is too fast for me to hand catch.
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Post  lyndeeloo on 6/19/2013, 8:38 pm

Hi Sanderson, I bought my net at Ace Hardware for a dollar on a whim and it's certainly paid for itself by eliminating several moths. I keep it at the ready, stuck in a cinder block on the edge of the garden. It reminds me to let my inner child out to play now and again. I hope you and your homemade (even better) butterfly net have a grand time and keep the neighbors wondering.
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Post  Pollinator on 6/20/2013, 3:00 pm

Home Science Tools has very good pricing on insect nets:

http://www.hometrainingtools.com/search.asp?ss=insect+nets&x=-1039&y=-34

They have a lot of other good stuff too. Cheapest place in the US for insect pins.

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Post  lyndeeloo on 6/20/2013, 6:01 pm

Thank you Pollinator. I will check it out. I'm trying to attract the bees and butterflies (hummingbirds, too) to my yard, the net is just for chasing the Cabbage moth. The rest I like to watch go about their busy lives. I've planted red and purple flowers in pots and hangers and have a butterfly bush. I bought a beautiful Mandavilla vine with bright red flowers in hopes of attracting their attention. Are there any flowers you'd recommend to attract the bees and butterflies? I was lucky to find some Lady bug eggs this spring and watch them hatch. After they hatched I put them back on my apple tree near where I found the eggs. They got big enough so I could see them well without a magnifying glass and then they were gone. Now I know what the eggs look like and won't worry about them being an insect I don't want in my garden.
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Post  camprn on 6/20/2013, 6:43 pm

lyndeeloo, here is a nice, brief tutorial about attracting bees in the garden, particularly in New England.
http://gardening.about.com/od/attractingwildlife/a/Bee_Plants.htm

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