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Moved the Bee Balm

April 22nd, 2018 at 10:23 pm

It took some doing, but we got all ten feet of the bee balm (also known as monarda and bergamot) dug out of the raised bed and transplanted to the front yard flower bed. Even if only a little bit of it makes it, it will spread and fill in. And if all of it makes it, it will be one tremendous display on one side of the front deck. The other side is covered in yellow, bright pink, and faded pink/white roses. I can imagine it will be rather spectacular come June or July.

Now I can work on building that bed back up with some of the compost from the back yard. DS will have to do a lot for me this week, but we are doing something of a botany/agricultural unit for his home school. I am teaching him about plants, organic gardening using the French biointensive and lasagna styles, soil make up and the best soil combos for large raised beds, and composting. We are also identifying the worm types, the caterpillars, bugs, and snails, and will do the various butterflies and bees when they appear. I think knowing how to grow your own food is a good life skill.

I've only seen one bee type so far, a carpenter bee. They are usually the first to show, followed by bumble bees, mason bees, and on rare occasions, honeybees. Most of our pollinators tend to be butterflies, as I've made large swathes of the yard butterfly habitat. We've also got a lot of ladybugs every year and some dragonflies and hummingbirds. I wish someone nearby had a honeybee hive, but my garden does seem to thrive without them.

I did not get around to doing the budget. Nothing is due until the 1st, so I don't feel a huge rush to do it, so am kind of being lazy about it. Maybe tomorrow. Today was a no spend day. The first in a while. Tomorrow won't be, though. I am taking DS to a consult and x-ray about his wisdom teeth. I am sure they will need to come out as he is 18 now and is probably already a year overdue, but they aren't poking through, so who knows? His sister only had two, so maybe he will, also. That would cost less.

6 Responses to “Moved the Bee Balm”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I wish I lived near you so I could put a honeybee hive up nearby. Smile It's on my bucket list to do when we are in a more permanent place. I do love the bumblebees, so cute to watch them hang out in the flowers.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    You are very industrious! Hope your plants do well in their new spot.

  3. crazyliblady Says:

    I have been wanting to plant bee balm. Does it like shade or sun? Does it like lots of water?

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    Crazy--I pretty much ignore it, it got watered once a week, but our soil is really built up and maintains moisture well. It was in sun for at least 8 hours and partial shade the rest of the day.

  5. crazyliblady Says:

    Thank you. I planted some in a pot last year where it was in mostly shade. It did grow, but did not get to be a large plant. I will plant another one in a more sunny area and ignore it. LOL.

  6. PatientSaver Says:

    I love what you're doing for pollinators. I am also busy moving plants from one part of the yard to another, always with an eye toward helping pollinators and minimizing my maintenance wherever possible.

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