It appears as though the hardware treatment we did to two of our raised beds is working! The moles have been digging like crazy around the beds, but they don’t appear able to get in. Now I just have six more beds to dig out to treat with hardware cloth. Who wants to come help dig?
Now on to critters I actually like and want in my yard. On warm days, the orchard mason bees can be seen coming and going from the bee house. In between pollinating trees, they come back to the bee house, lay eggs in the tubes, and then “cement” the eggs in with mud. So far, nine of the tubes are completely filled with eggs. The bees will keep at it through June or so and I hope that all the tubes will be full by the time they die off for the season.
There are plenty of blossoms in the garden to interest the bees. Although most of the fruit trees have finished blooming for the year, the blueberry bushes are full of blossoms as are the strawberries. We also have a number of ornamental flowers in bloom right now. Let’s take a look.
It is much more fun to wander around the garden than it is to think about all the things I haven’t done yet. Again, I find myself falling behind on a variety of garden tasks. I blame softball. We’re in the thick of Lily’s first softball season and with practices and games it is keeping us pretty busy. A few things I need to do soon: Plant bean seeds, do something with my squash and cucumber seedlings, repot tomato and pepper seedlings (and find loving new homes for the extras), plant the flats of marigold and petunias I ordered from the PTA fundraiser, plant the geraniums, oh, and the list goes on. I’m going to try to remain zen about the whole thing. Gardening should be fun and a stress reliever, not a stress inducer. I’ll get done what I get done and whatever doesn’t happen will be OK.