Name Those Plants

OK, this is really just an excuse to post a few more bee photos, but see if you can identify the plants in each of the bee photos. I’ll post the answers in the comments.

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Everybody Loves Garlic Chives

The garlic chives are abuzz right now, with bees, butterflies, and other small nectar-loving creatures. The butterflies are painted ladies, and are passing through this area right now.


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Three Little Pigs Raised Beds

My husband decided to put in some raised beds in one part of our yard, and built me a really nice raised bed for strawberries out of some cheap bricks he picked up at the Restore. Then my sister got in touch and said they were getting rid of some landscaping wood, and would we like it? Well, of course we did. And after that, my husband decided to complete the trio, with a raised bed made of straw bales. (Well, hay, but close enough.) So here we have my fairytale garden beds… 🙂


Lots of Okra

I haven’t posted in awhile, because I’ve been so busy picking okra! Here’s a bunch of it. This variety is called ‘Hill Country Red’.

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Pea Photos

Growing a couple of types of peas this year, one with purple pods.  But even for your garden variety green pea, the blossoms are really pretty. Here are a few photos.

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Flea Beetle Trouble

The flea beetles are at it again. They eat tiny holes in the leaves of my eggplant, which seems to keep the plants from getting very big. Here’s a current photo.


And because this is a recurring problem, here’s an older one that shows more detail. This is from 2013.


The individual beetles are actually pretty easy to squish or knock off the plants, but it’s hard to completely get rid of them, so I’m resorting to organic sprays. Currently trying an insecticidal soap. We’ll see how that goes.

Garlic Experiment

My husband has a habit of planting clover all around the garden and yard with the idea that it will improve the soil. Last year I was mildly irked that he planted clover all around the garlic I had planted. Surely having other plants competing for space and nutrients right around the garlic bulbs can’t be good for the crop? But he says (and this may be a good point) that because the clover was enriching the soil with nitrogen, it was actually beneficial for the garlic. How to solve this argument? See below.


So as you can see, we decided to test this question with this year’s garlic bed. Half the crop is covered with leaf mulch, half of it has a living mulch of clover. I have to admit that the clover side actually looks a lot stronger at the moment. But we won’t know for sure until it’s time to harvest the bulbs, and we can compare the end result.

To be continued…