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Post  llama momma on 8/8/2013, 7:50 am


 Both pictures are firecracker sunflowers and grow barely waist high.
 
 
 
The next photo is bizarre to me since I had so much trouble with squash last year..

 
 The ground cherry below is filled with fruit most are under the leaves
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Post  camprn on 8/8/2013, 7:57 am

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Post  llama momma on 8/8/2013, 8:04 am

Thanks, yet in the next box over, a squash seed from the same packet was planted and it grew all of 6  inches and one sickly flower and bit the dust.  You just never know Razz
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Post  bnoles on 8/8/2013, 10:44 am

Hi Gina, looks liking that garden is kicking into high gear now and that squash is AWESOME!

I like the sunflowers as they add nice color to the setting. I have never grown sunflowers before and am thinking of putting them on my list for next year. What exactly is the beneficial reason for them other than their astonishing beauty?

I am in the process of tearing out my plants and putting them in the compost pile and readying my beds for some fall plantings, albeit ever so slow due to my recent medical setback. Slow it may be, I am making daily progress little by little and even adding 2 new beds with MM. Another 8'X4'X8" and a 10'X2'X8".

Nice pictures.... please keep them coming!

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Post  sanderson on 8/8/2013, 11:00 am

LM, Very nice. I hope my squash looks like that next year! So far, one per plant. Sigh
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Post  CapeCoddess on 8/8/2013, 11:26 am

Squash envy here, LM.  Amazing!

I'd love one squash per plant, Sanderson.  I'd even love one squash. Rolling Eyes  Between the SVB & the PM it doesn't look good for me this year.  Next year I'm buying PM resistant varieties. Twisted Evil 


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Post  llama momma on 8/9/2013, 6:36 am

Thanks, Everyone!
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About the sunflowers, other than being quite cheerful, the other benefit is they draw bees like crazy.  This is the first year in 3 where I've had so many bees.  This is also the first year having a variety of flowers, sunflowers, borage, coriander flowers, petunias, marigolds then the clover that unexpectedly grew around the boxes. I'm thinking the vegetable flowers can't get away from a good workout from their little buddies.  I'm very encouraged and next year will plant a variety of flowers again maybe around the boxes instead of taking up good space inside.  We'll see.
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Post  bnoles on 8/9/2013, 7:28 am

@llama momma wrote:Thanks, Everyone!
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About the sunflowers, other than being quite cheerful, the other benefit is they draw bees like crazy.  This is the first year in 3 where I've had so many bees.  This is also the first year having a variety of flowers, sunflowers, borage, coriander flowers, petunias, marigolds then the clover that unexpectedly grew around the boxes. I'm thinking the vegetable flowers can't get away from a good workout from their little buddies.  I'm very encouraged and next year will plant a variety of flowers again maybe around the boxes instead of taking up good space inside.  We'll see.
Thanks Gina, I thought it might have a purpose of that nature, but never really knew for sure. My bee population really struggled this year and it was very scary. I will plan on adding some sunflowers (and other flowers) next year in hopes of drawing more bees to my gardens and like you, I think I will plant outside of my boxes to conserve growing space. Thanks again for your wonderful insight.

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