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
» Senseless Banter...
by plantoid Today at 5:52 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by plantoid Today at 5:39 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by CapeCoddess Today at 4:43 pm

» Gardening in Central Pennsylvania, 3rd year SFG
by CapeCoddess Today at 3:48 pm

» New England February 2017
by quiltbea Today at 1:58 pm

» Spaghetti Squash Recipes
by nrstooge Today at 12:28 pm

» New compost bin and 4x8 cedar bed
by Ginger Blue Today at 9:36 am

» N&C Midwest: February 2017
by landarch Today at 8:31 am

» Invasive Tree Roots - Very important topic for newbies.
by MrBooker Today at 7:39 am

» So. California & Inland Valleys -March / April Planting Guide
by sanderson Today at 12:47 am

» 2017 SFG Adventures in Hampstead, NC
by ralitaco Today at 12:38 am

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by sanderson Today at 12:31 am

» Our 2017 garden makeover
by CitizenKate Yesterday at 11:16 pm

» Fall means apples....
by reynajrainwater Yesterday at 10:43 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing February 2017?
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:51 pm

» California's Drought
by sanderson Yesterday at 7:08 pm

» Butterfly Junction
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 6:40 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by Mellen Yesterday at 6:37 pm

» Root Knot Nematodes - PROGRESS!
by sanderson Yesterday at 1:48 pm

» Plant ID
by No_Such_Reality 2/21/2017, 8:24 pm

» Western Mount/High Plains: Seed Planting Dates zone 5b
by RoOsTeR 2/21/2017, 8:58 am

» I'll get my Texas garden right yet
by RoOsTeR 2/21/2017, 8:57 am

» Roots...information....
by MrBooker 2/21/2017, 6:19 am

» Is this wood correct for building box?
by sanderson 2/21/2017, 4:42 am

» Hello from IA Zone 5
by sanderson 2/21/2017, 4:38 am

» Feedback for my 2017 garden plan
by sanderson 2/21/2017, 2:10 am

» ticks
by camprn 2/20/2017, 11:18 pm

» Peppers with black spots
by camprn 2/20/2017, 10:10 pm

» February 2017 Avatar: Time to Wake Up!
by sanderson 2/20/2017, 9:37 pm

» broccoli stunted
by yolos 2/20/2017, 9:34 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

When do bees go to bed?

View previous topic View next topic Go down

When do bees go to bed?

Post  Uprooted on 7/22/2011, 11:22 pm

I was going to spray some neem oil insecticidal soap on my squash this evening when I saw a bee hovering near. I know the spray is harmful to bees and beneficials as well as my enemies, the squash bugs, so I held off. Just wondering if there is a rule of thumb about how early/how late it's safe to avoid bees?

Uprooted

Posts : 62
Join date : 2011-04-16
Location : Atlanta area

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: When do bees go to bed?

Post  camprn on 7/22/2011, 11:33 pm

I have had pretty good success hunting squash bugs by watering heavily with the hose, the squash bugs head for dry areas. That is when you can catch or spray them directly with an insecticidal soap. I am also looking often for squash bug eggs on the underside of the leaves, these, when I find them I destroy them. Most of my bees are really out until after sunset. They are busy and know winter is coming. Spray in evening when they are less active and avoid spraying on the buds and blossoms.

camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14076
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: When do bees go to bed?

Post  littlejo on 7/23/2011, 7:40 am

The bees that for the most part have been doing my pollinating are a med, type of bumble bee. I went out one night after dark with a flashlight. Low and behold, I think they were sleeping on the underside of the leaves of my cucumbers. I don't know when I'd ever be able to spray anything.
Jo


Last edited by littlejo on 7/23/2011, 7:46 am; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : spelling)

littlejo

Female Posts : 1532
Join date : 2011-05-04
Age : 63
Location : Cottageville SC 8b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: When do bees go to bed?

Post  Uprooted on 7/23/2011, 9:20 am

Thanks to both of you. I have been using the water/catch/drown method but I'm never sure I'm getting them all and like to use the neem as backup. I drowned three more squash bugs this morning but I think one other one escaped. I found some more eggs -- seems like the squash bugs around here all lay eggs on the top rather than underside of leaves, which is certainly nice for search and destroy missions.

I'm growing my vine vertically and it's about 3 feet tall and so far I haven't seen an open female flower. I've had three that died so this morning I tried forcing the female flower open and hand pollinating. don't know if I did it right but we'll see if I get a squash from it.

I've never seen bees sleeping anywhere near my plants, but I have seen them active early in the morning and late in the evening and normally they say that's when it's safe to spray. I'm thinking maybe it never is.

Uprooted

Posts : 62
Join date : 2011-04-16
Location : Atlanta area

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: When do bees go to bed?

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


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