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Easy Garden Project: DIY Bee Bath

Yesterday I made a bee bath for the bees in my garden. Bees need water but they also need a safe place to land while they drink. Make this easy bee bath to encourage the bees to stay in your garden!
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Find a shallow plate with a little lip and clean it out. I used a pot saucer. Fill it with marbles and or rocks. DSC_2523 DSC_2524

Fill the plate with water making sure to leave some of the rocks uncovered. I filled mine quite high because it is so hot in Sacramento that I am sure the water will evaporate quickly. DSC_2525

Add a space astronaut to greet the bees.

DSC_2526Add your new bee bath to your garden somewhere the bees like to gather. I think I am going to put my under the Rudbeckia and in the shade so the water doesn’t evaporate so quickly. Done and done!

 

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July 2014 Harvest Tally

August is here! Now that July has come to a close I can tally up my harvest poundage for the month. This month I harvested: basil, runner beans, carrots, cucumbers, kale, Delicata squash, scallions, onions, peppers, strawberries, rosemary, thyme. tomatoes (Persimmon and Fox Cherry) and zucchini!

My total poundage for July (2014) is 70.69 pounds.

My total poundage July (2013) was 79.56 pounds.

My total poundage for 2014 is 179 pounds so far. Well officially I am behind from last year. The main problem has been my tomato plants. Last year in July I had already harvested lots of tomatoes from four varieties of tomatoes. Just in the month of July I had harvested 30 lbs of tomatoes and I was struggling to keep up with the amount on my counter tops. This July I only have been harvesting from 2 varieties and have harvested 18 lbs. To make matters worse the rest of my tomato plants look pretty bad and I doubt they are going to give me many tomatoes in the months to come. I have one beautiful tall and lush tomato plant in my backyard that is failing to provide any fruit… not even a small green tomato has formed. Nothing! It is quite sad in the tomato department this year.

It is quite amazing to see the difference a few weeks can make in the garden. Here are two shots of my main backyard garden just taken a few weeks apart.

DSC_2182Garden on July 8th.

DSC_2541Garden on July 31st.

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Garden Side view on July 8th.

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Garden side view on July 31.