Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Happy Birthday!!
by trolleydriver Today at 7:41 pm

» One Very Happy Earthworm!
by countrynaturals Today at 7:14 pm

» Mel's mix compacted help
by bigblue94 Today at 5:25 pm

» How Many Square Feet Do You Have?
by Mimi2 Today at 4:40 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing February 2017?
by Mimi2 Today at 4:20 pm

» Hello from Pottstown, PA
by kamigh Today at 2:14 pm

» Ground Cherries
by countrynaturals Today at 11:32 am

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by countrynaturals Today at 11:29 am

» Calling all chicken owners
by countrynaturals Today at 11:26 am

» Cauliflower
by countrynaturals Today at 11:19 am

» New SFG not sure where to go this year
by herblover Today at 10:52 am

» Mid-Atl - Mar 2017 - I'm a seed-a-holic
by Mellen Today at 9:43 am

» Compost for Mel's Mix
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 8:05 am

» Lower South Feb 2017
by mschaef Yesterday at 7:43 pm

» Hello from (near) our nation's capital!
by sfg4uKim Yesterday at 7:31 pm

» My Solar Dehydrator at Work
by newbeone Yesterday at 7:19 pm

» Indoor Seed Starting Info?
by sfg4uKim Yesterday at 6:21 pm

» Oh Baby it's getting HOT Outside
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 4:59 pm

» My name is boffer, and I'm a juicer.
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 4:45 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 4:39 pm

» Hello from DFW
by RC3291 Yesterday at 12:26 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by Mellen Yesterday at 12:10 pm

» So. California & Inland Valleys -March / April Planting Guide
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 11:32 am

» How to save ground cherry harvest???
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 11:13 am

» Advice and Preparations for Sweet Potatoes in Wisconsin
by sanderson Yesterday at 1:25 am

» February 2017 Avatar: Time to Wake Up!
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 12:17 am

» Bare Root Fruit Trees
by countrynaturals 2/25/2017, 7:13 pm

» Gardening in Central Pennsylvania, 3rd year SFG
by BeetlesPerSqFt 2/25/2017, 6:12 pm

» Invasive Tree Roots - Very important topic for newbies.
by sanderson 2/25/2017, 4:25 pm

» Winter Gardens - Photos
by BeetlesPerSqFt 2/25/2017, 12:45 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Bees Please

Page 1 of 2 1, 2  Next

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Bees Please

Post  trolleydriver on 7/8/2016, 3:04 pm

I've got a whole bunch of bees on my Acorn Squash plants, especially inside the flowers.






CLICK the two photos below to see short videos.






At the front of the house we have this little garden between the driveway and the walkway.  It is full sun, hot and dry, location. We have "ground bees" living in the soil in this garden. The cluster of Marigolds came from plants that I started from seed indoors. I think we planted six. They love this sunny spot.

____________________________

Ottawa, Canada
Find more about Weather in Ottawa, CA
Click for weather forecast

trolleydriver

Forum Moderator

Male Posts : 2609
Join date : 2015-05-04
Age : 69
Location : Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Bees Please

Post  yolos on 7/8/2016, 4:23 pm

Wow, that is a whole lot of bees in your squash flowers.  Hope you have males and female flowers.

yolos

Female Posts : 2966
Join date : 2011-11-20
Age : 67
Location : Brooks, Ga Zone 7B/8A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Bees Please

Post  trolleydriver on 7/8/2016, 7:51 pm

@yolos wrote:Wow, that is a whole lot of bees in your squash flowers.  Hope you have males and female flowers.

Looks like I have a baby squash growing.


____________________________

Ottawa, Canada
Find more about Weather in Ottawa, CA
Click for weather forecast

trolleydriver

Forum Moderator

Male Posts : 2609
Join date : 2015-05-04
Age : 69
Location : Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Bees Please

Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/9/2016, 8:24 pm

Nice, TD! Pollinators lovin the blooms!

Scorpio Rising

Female Posts : 4180
Join date : 2015-06-12
Age : 55
Location : Ada, Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Bees Please

Post  Pollinator on 7/11/2016, 8:03 pm

Looks like you are furtunate to have squash bees (Peponapis sp.). These solitary bees are squash specialists, who work very few species of blossoms, all in the squash family. They are slightly smaller than honey bees, and live in the ground. If you know where they nest, be sure not to disturb that location by tillage, or covering. They will be with you year after year.  Squash bees are highly sensitive to pesticides, so many areas no longer have them.

Pollinator

Male Posts : 444
Join date : 2012-06-23
Location : Coastal SC

View user profile http://gardensouth.org

Back to top Go down

Re: Bees Please

Post  trolleydriver on 7/11/2016, 8:10 pm

Thanks Pollinator for that information. Concerning where these bees nest I mentioned the following in a previous post:


"At the front of the house we have this little garden between the driveway and the walkway.  It is full sun, hot and dry, location. We have "ground bees" living in the soil in this garden. ... "

____________________________

Ottawa, Canada
Find more about Weather in Ottawa, CA
Click for weather forecast

trolleydriver

Forum Moderator

Male Posts : 2609
Join date : 2015-05-04
Age : 69
Location : Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Bees Please

Post  Pollinator on 7/11/2016, 8:52 pm

Are the "ground bees" the same kind as you see on the squash blossoms?  It's good to know where your squash bees come from - but there are many more species of bees that nest in the ground. So take a close look to see if they are the same.

Pollinator

Male Posts : 444
Join date : 2012-06-23
Location : Coastal SC

View user profile http://gardensouth.org

Back to top Go down

Re: Bees Please

Post  trolleydriver on 7/11/2016, 9:02 pm

@Pollinator wrote:Are the "ground bees" the same kind as you see on the squash blossoms?  It's good to know where your squash bees come from - but there are many more species of bees that nest in the ground. So take a close look to see if they are the same.
I'll have to check on that. We had the ground bees last year as well.

____________________________

Ottawa, Canada
Find more about Weather in Ottawa, CA
Click for weather forecast

trolleydriver

Forum Moderator

Male Posts : 2609
Join date : 2015-05-04
Age : 69
Location : Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Bees Please

Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/11/2016, 9:45 pm

Yeah, some ground bees are really wasps and very aggressive....those in the squash look nice....fuzzy.


Last edited by Scorpio Rising on 7/11/2016, 9:46 pm; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : Clarify)

Scorpio Rising

Female Posts : 4180
Join date : 2015-06-12
Age : 55
Location : Ada, Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Bees Please

Post  Pollinator on 7/12/2016, 12:01 am

@Scorpio Rising wrote:Yeah, some ground bees are really wasps and very aggressive....those in the squash look nice....fuzzy.  

Yellow jackets and bumble bees often nest in the ground. These are colonial species, and they will defend their nests. (That's not aggression; that's defensiveness.)

But none of the hundreds of solitary wasp and bee species are defensive. Even the huge cicada killer wasps that frighten people a lot, are quite laid back, and will not sting unless captured in hand.

Pollinator

Male Posts : 444
Join date : 2012-06-23
Location : Coastal SC

View user profile http://gardensouth.org

Back to top Go down

Re: Bees Please

Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/12/2016, 9:21 pm

@Pollinator wrote:
@Scorpio Rising wrote:Yeah, some ground bees are really wasps and very aggressive....those in the squash look nice....fuzzy.  

Yellow jackets and bumble bees often nest in the ground. These are colonial species, and they will defend their nests. (That's not aggression; that's defensiveness.)

But none of the hundreds of solitary wasp and bee species are defensive. Even the huge cicada killer wasps that frighten people a lot, are quite laid back, and will not sting unless captured in hand.

Interesting distinction! Thanks, pollinator....I am learning every day about these amazing creatures. We


The only bad things I have personally had happen to me with stinging things is being chased into the house by a line of angry yellow jackets when weed wacking. Stung once.

And when I was 9, my friend and I were riding bikes and he hit a hornet's nest up in a tree with a big stick while riding his bike by, I was behind him....and the swarm came out, immediately targeted him, and he got stung 11 or 13 times, had to be taken to the ER, it was super scary! Hornets are ..... Aggressive.

Scorpio Rising

Female Posts : 4180
Join date : 2015-06-12
Age : 55
Location : Ada, Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Bees Please

Post  hammock gal on 7/13/2016, 6:05 pm

In my experience, yellow jackets, wasps and hornets are almost always aggressive...just miserable. But honey bees and bumblebees will mind their own business, and I've never had a problem with either of them. This year, I've got bumblebees in my flowers, but the perovskia, which is usually covered in honey bees...has none. I keep watching, but I haven't seen any yet. :-(

hammock gal

Female Posts : 51
Join date : 2016-04-05
Location : Zone 6a- Southwest CT

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Bees Please

Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/13/2016, 10:13 pm

Tons of bumbles, very few honeybees here....

Scorpio Rising

Female Posts : 4180
Join date : 2015-06-12
Age : 55
Location : Ada, Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Bees Please

Post  Pollinator on 7/15/2016, 7:38 pm

Generally, if you have honey bees, you have a beekeeper nearby. If that beekeeper has moved, retired, or quit keeping bees, you may have to attract a new beekeeper to the neighborhood. - or keep them yourself.

Pollinator

Male Posts : 444
Join date : 2012-06-23
Location : Coastal SC

View user profile http://gardensouth.org

Back to top Go down

Re: Bees Please

Post  AtlantaMarie on 7/16/2016, 6:24 am

The closest bee keeper I know of is a good 5 miles away... But I am seeing several honey bees. They really like my white clover.

AtlantaMarie

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 3950
Join date : 2014-03-18
Age : 53
Location : Buford, GA - Zones 7B/8A

View user profile http://www.defensivespecialties.com

Back to top Go down

A new form of canning

Post  trolleydriver on 7/28/2016, 2:21 pm

Beehive jar ... a new form of canning.

http://www.handimania.com/diy/beehive-jar.html

____________________________

Ottawa, Canada
Find more about Weather in Ottawa, CA
Click for weather forecast

trolleydriver

Forum Moderator

Male Posts : 2609
Join date : 2015-05-04
Age : 69
Location : Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Bees Please

Post  sanderson on 7/28/2016, 3:15 pm

Clever. It seems that the jars should be covered to keep from solarizing (heating up).

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast

sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 12921
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 68
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Bees Please

Post  trolleydriver on 7/28/2016, 3:21 pm

@sanderson wrote:Clever.  It seems that the jars should be covered to keep from solarizing (heating up).  
In the video he puts a cover box over the jars.

____________________________

Ottawa, Canada
Find more about Weather in Ottawa, CA
Click for weather forecast

trolleydriver

Forum Moderator

Male Posts : 2609
Join date : 2015-05-04
Age : 69
Location : Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Bees Please

Post  sanderson on 7/28/2016, 3:33 pm

Ah, ha. I didn't watch the video. Embarassed

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast

sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 12921
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 68
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Bees Please

Post  AtlantaMarie on 7/28/2016, 4:28 pm

I'm in the wrong business! $35 for a quart of honey??!!

Too bad DH is allergic to bee stings.....

AtlantaMarie

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 3950
Join date : 2014-03-18
Age : 53
Location : Buford, GA - Zones 7B/8A

View user profile http://www.defensivespecialties.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Bees Please

Post  camprn on 7/29/2016, 4:08 pm

@AtlantaMarie wrote:I'm in the wrong business!  $35 for a quart of honey??!!

Too bad DH is allergic to bee stings.....
Quart of honey is about 3#. So a little more than $10/lb. That's a good price.

____________________________

41 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t1306-other-gardening-books




camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14078
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 54
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: Bees Please

Post  AtlantaMarie on 7/29/2016, 8:32 pm

I can get it from a guy here for $14.50/qt. And it does help my allergies!

Hey, CampRN - have you guys got any tupelo honey up there? We apparently had a really bad tupelo season and no one has that type of honey...

AtlantaMarie

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 3950
Join date : 2014-03-18
Age : 53
Location : Buford, GA - Zones 7B/8A

View user profile http://www.defensivespecialties.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Bees Please

Post  hammock gal on 7/30/2016, 11:34 am

I am finally noticing honeybees on my perovskia! (Russian sage) After worrying that none would show up this year, they're finally here. I'm glad because I bought 6 more of them, because I love their smell...and the bees.

hammock gal

Female Posts : 51
Join date : 2016-04-05
Location : Zone 6a- Southwest CT

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Bees Please

Post  camprn on 7/30/2016, 11:37 am

@AtlantaMarie wrote:I can get it from a guy here for $14.50/qt. And it does help my allergies!

Hey, CampRN - have you guys got any tupelo honey up there? We apparently had a really bad tupelo season and no one has that type of honey...
Tupelo trees do not grow this far north.

____________________________

41 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t1306-other-gardening-books




camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14078
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 54
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: Bees Please

Post  AtlantaMarie on 7/30/2016, 4:45 pm

Huh... Okay, file that under "learned something new today." Thanks.

And good luck at the fair!!

AtlantaMarie

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 3950
Join date : 2014-03-18
Age : 53
Location : Buford, GA - Zones 7B/8A

View user profile http://www.defensivespecialties.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Bees Please

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Page 1 of 2 1, 2  Next

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum