Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Garden Gleanings - Maybe garden musings are better than today's news?

Posted Monday, September 29, 2008, at 10:01 PM
View 3 comments
Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. Please note that those who post comments on this website may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.
  • Great Article! Gardening is great therapy for both the mind and the body. Keeps you mind alert and you body fit. After two years of research into the Convergent Lady beetle, the need for a nesting box was present. http://ladybugneedahome.blogspot.com/2008/08/lady-bugs-need-home.html

    -- Posted by Laisseraller on Tue, Sep 30, 2008, at 9:33 AM
  • Two years ago, our house was one big ladybug house, or so it seemed. Thousands of them in our attics, greenhouse and even bedrooms. We would capture them for relocation and even put out sugar water bowls for them to catch a drink and eat.

    So many died inside and I just wonder how they adjust to our winters that are cold, then warm then cold. Do they go out and forage during the warm days or stay inside and read a good book?

    If they forage, what do they eat, since most bugs of good sense are hunkering down under rocks, logs or underground? Is there a way to feed them during the warm snaps or is it necessary?

    We plant plants to attract beneficials in the warmer months, but besides a nesting place, is there something else we can do to keep them around and healthy during the winter?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Sep 30, 2008, at 10:39 AM
  • I know there are certainly much more pressing things to write about, but our figs are finally ripening! There was a time we had so many that we got tired of eating them, but after a two year hiatus, they are sweeeeet. Maybe I will have some for the garden meeting for those who have never tasted a fresh one.

    One of my fall projects (besides fixing and painting the garage) will be to totally rework a garden bed in from of our attached greenhouse. I plan to remove ALL the soil I can (therefore all the weed roots) and replace it with a mix of soil and amendments.

    Then I started musing about plants to put in there for the summer that would shade the glass and reduce overheating, but would be gone for winter to allow winter sun heating. I have thought about this for some time and can not believe that I had the answer right in front of me.

    The cypress vine we use in other parts of our garden is perfect. A slow starter, but once it gets going, it is phenomenal and easy to clean up. I was looking at some other plants that would get invasive or were SO aggressive that they would damage the wood siding.

    A V-8 moment?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Oct 1, 2008, at 8:57 AM
Respond to this blog

Posting a comment requires free registration: