Three Gardens Bees Love

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Bee Gardens. How do you create a garden that attracts bees? For the maximum punch year round there are three gardens you should consider growing:

Naturalized Garden

First, create a Native Wildflower Garden. Find a corner of the yard to use as a meadow of mixed plants of varying heights and shapes. Near it, keep a small mud puddle of swallow water. If possible, naturalize violets, clover and dandelions into your yard near the vegetable garden. Your cucumbers, melons and squash, plants that need a lot of pollination to produce healthy fruit, will thrive.

Plant natives:

  • Beardtongue, Penstemon – Southeast
  • Mountain Mint, New England Aster – Northeast
  • Lanceleaf, Milkweed – Midwest
  • Blanket Flower, Native Salvia – Southwest

Let the garden take care of itself. Leaving it undistributed through winter creates an friendly winter habitat.

Flower Garden

Second, build a Flower Garden.  Create a bed of well drained soil and plant a variety of annuals and perennials.  Plant them in swatches with a variety of single-bloom and daisy like flowers. Colorful yellow, white and blue flowers are a big hit with bees. Coneflower, asters, sunflowers, poppies and Black-eyed-Susan’s are good choices. For fall gardens, plant annuals such cosmos, sunflower, and calendula.

Herb Gardens

Third, use a sunny spot to plant prolific blooming herbs. Plant them in mounds, keeping your ground-covering herbs like thyme separate from the taller herbs like rosemary. Mints, rosemary, lavender, sage, bee-balm and cilantro are good choices. Mints can become over-power a garden, so keep them in a spot for easy harvesting.

Thriving Bee Garden Recipe: Grow natives. Stir in a mix fragment herbs with splashes of yellow, white and blue, single-bloom daisy-like flowers. Add a dab of mud puddle. Keep the natives happy and spare a few dandelion and clover in your yard.


Happy Gardening!


Bee Pollinators Books By Heather Holm

Wildflowers for Every Garden

Attracting Pollinators To Your Garden Using Native Plants, U.S. Forest Service

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Free Garden Notebook

Have you ever dreamed of planting a garden? You could dream for years. But a garden notebook can make dreams come true, and here is a FREE, Garden Notebook Planner, courtesy of Erin Huffstetler, writer for Frugal Living, that is printable.

The pages include seasonal and monthly planners, plant and seed trackers, square foot grids and more.

Good luck, and please let me know how this works for you in the comments.

Happy Gardening!

Resource:, a web site for the frugal.

Photo by Ed Yourdon, “Photo of the Day” license restrictions.



Winter Gardens

swiss chard

WHEN choosing plants for winter gardens, consider plants that bolt quickly in the heat of spring, such as lettuce and spinach. Another tip to keep in mind is that plants with short growing seasons, such as chives and radish, will also grow well in the fall. These plants thrive in cooler temperatures and do not need long periods of bright sunlight to mature.

Plants for the winter garden:

  • Culinary Herb: parsley, cilantro, basil, oregano, chivesmints
    Mints: peppermint, spearmint
    Leafy greens: lettuce, spinach, kale, collard greens, Swiss chard
    Roots: carrots, onion, leeks, parsnips, beets, turnips
    Cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower

Maximize Timing – know first frost dates

Plant your winter crops early enough to allow them to reach full maturity before the first killing frost arrives, usually late December for southern Mississippi, early October for northern gardens. If frost arrives sooner than expected, mulch the plants heavily and cover them with a soft sheet or Visqueen to protect them from the cold or create a cold frame. Old Farmers Almanac cold frame directions here.

Days to Maturity

  •  30 days: lettuce, chives, spinach, radishes
    60 days: turnips, leeks, cabbage, Swiss chard and collard greens
    90 days: carrots, beets, Brussels sprouts, parsnips

To extend your growing season, use succession planting every two weeks especially on the quickest growing vegetables.

Happy gardening.

Karin Boutall

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