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My garden has been and is such a wonderful place to spend time. I have been out there most of the morning. The garden buddies have been napping in the shade. I have been trimming some plants such as my lavender that has overgrown its boundries . Yesterday I pulled most of my pea plants and last evening planted some Moon and Stars watermelon in thier place. mmmmmmmmmmm watermelon. I have had a serious lack of pollinators around this year so I have been hand pollinating my squash and cucumbers. I am not having much luck with the cukes although the plant is very healthy full of male and female flowers, I have yet to get a grown cuke.

I have decided to purchase a Mason bee house (I would need to purchase a drill to actually make one so buying is cheaper.) They have a nice one on Gardeners Supply.

To improve my pollinator attraction I am planning for an area of bee and butterfly attracting flowers.

I have never had such a great vegetable garden year. I thank those that have helped me. My tomatoes are my pride and joy this year I have so many and 7 different varieties. I bought most of them at the tomato fest a few months ago. My mouth starts watering everytime I go out there and have picked my first big Boy that has ripened, although the rest need more time. I am certain that in a few weeks I will have tomatoes to eat and share daily.

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Comment by Treasa on April 30, 2010 at 4:51am
Are they there very weekend? I can't go down this weekend but next is open
Comment by Treasa on April 26, 2010 at 4:37pm
no I haven't yet Thank you I will check them out.
Comment by grrlscout on April 26, 2010 at 8:56am
I don't know if you've purchased your bee block yet or not. But if you haven't, I've seen some nice ones on Etsy, made from reclaimed wood, and at decent prices:

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