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   Sep 22

Your Questions About Gardening

William asks…

Flowers/plants that don’t attract bees?

We live in North Carolina and are wanting to put a few nice flowers or plants around the base of our mailbox. We are not experienced with a lot of gardening, and I would not be able to tell the difference between a lot of flowers or plants.

While I realize bees are necessary for pollination, are there any flowers or plants (no vines or plants that will “grow” across our yard), that do not attract bees? I’d like to look into a few suggestions and see if we can find them locally, or even order them through a gardening catalog/website.

GardenersCardiff answers:

Here is a list of plants to avoid:

http://gardening.about.com/od/attractingwildlife/a/Bee_Plants_2.htm

Just about any plant that flowers will attract bees – they depend on the bees for pollination. FWIW, I have never seen bees on my Sedum “Autumn Joy” or my Salvia. But I cannot guarantee that no bees will come to those flowers. The good news – don’t bother the bees and they won’t bother you!

Lisa asks…

What is a “set” with regard to growing shallots?

I’m looking at the online Burpee catalog and it says “Shallot – 1 Pkg. (10 sets)”. What does it mean by “sets”? I’m thinking of ordering some to grow in my garden in the spring.

http://www.burpee.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemID=670&itemType=PRODUCT&iMainCat=13&iSubCat=2004&iProductID=670&iSubSubCat=1772

GardenersCardiff answers:

A set is a small bulb, grown from seed or taken from scarf.

A set will give a greater advantage on growth during the season.
But has a draw back, the original set will leave a dark spot in the center.

Now your asking yourself what’s scarf?, garlic is asexual it grows a set at the top of it’s stem, your growing shallots but they are all in the same family

Michael asks…

Gardeners or others – Do you prefer gardening on your hands and knees or bent over with your butt in the air.?

Humor me – I’ve read all my new seed catalogs and I’m bored.
I usually alternate the styles of ‘brb’ and Passenger.
I find if I bend over, all the blood rushes to my pea brain and I end up head-butting a cabbage.
@ Moonplan – Vessey’s, Thompson&Morgan and my Fungi Perfecti catalogs
@ reyn- Damn girl – now I got these naughty thoughts going through my mind.
Yeah I’m getting bored with the Bible thumpers and God bashers over in R&S, good to be back.

GardenersCardiff answers:

I have a ‘booty scooter’ ….. And I need my ‘kneeler’ …. The booty scooter gets me around, and the kneeler helps me stand up again if I have a job that really needs me close to the ground…… That’s the worst part for me… I have a big rug that I can toss out and sit on, too…. But that I find I have to share with the resident pooch…. So I’m happier with the booty scooter….

Bootyscooter….

Http://www.backyardcity.com/images/BYG/GS100-Lifestyle-Large.jpg

knee-ler….

Http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/175-0499786-5003015?asin=B000SOIH4O&AFID=Froogle_df&LNM=|B000SOIH4O&CPNG=patio%20garden&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=B000SOIH4O&ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001

ps… Only you, Scottie, only you….. LOL!!!

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