We’ve got all our tomatoes in the main garden, caged and mulched — 8 Comments

  1. Deb,

    Will hates painting so avoids that. But he won’t let me up on a ladder any more so when necessary, he paints the high parts and I’ll do the rest. Heck, we never make written lists, set goals or have team meetings. We’re too busy…and too unorganized. I guess what we do is make mental lists of priorities and try to work toward getting things on that “list” done as they are most necessary.
    What we have learned is that because both of us have bad backs, etc. we can only work at certain tasks so long. I take my “break” by mowing lawn. Then I can sit down and yet get something productive done. (We not only have the front yard but large backyard, two orchards and some assorted patches of grass where the big equipment is parked.)

    Both of us take frequent breaks to get a glass of cold water and sit in the shade to avoid getting over-tired and discouraged. It’s a few minutes well spent and we usually do it together and talk about what each of us is doing. It makes the day more interesting as we usually work on different tasks, suiting our ability. For instance, I’m no mechanic or welder but I organize the garden well.

    Sure, there are discouraging days and nights. Like last night when it began to hail. But then there’s morning when the sun came out and we found no hail damage to our garden.

    We’ve learned to hang in there and not bite yourself because this or that is not finished or even started yet. Hopefully, by the grace of God, there’ll be tomorrow!


  2. An interesting discussion about honeybees, Jackie. We have so many of them here that I haven’t been very concerned about the decline in their population, but then, I think we have some beekeepers nearby, so possibly we just have more bees than average in our immediate area. I wonder if anyone has tried to gauge how other species of the same family are doing in recent years, and whether their population is declining as well.

  3. I think Will is an amazing man. With you and him there is a synergy. One plus one equals three. You are a great team and I so much admire your attitude and positive thinking. It seems like Will pitches in wherever there is a need. Is there a task that one or the other does not do or tries to avoid? Do you make lists or set goals, team meetings? Can you tell us, Jackie, about the behind the scenes goings on?
    Thanks, deb

  4. I too have seen many other pollinators in my garden along side the honey bees. Wasps are very prevalent here in western CO. We also have bumble bees, cutter bees and hummingbird moths.

  5. Mason bees are more valuable than honeybees as pollinators because they can fly in lower temperatures, resulting in more hours of pollination work. I have both as well as bumblebees and some smaller critters and wasps doing my pollination. My flowers look like Jackie’s photo. Everyone welcome.

  6. Jackie, I really enjoy your column. I think that what you missed in the concern over the loss of honey bees is that they are an indicator species. Honeybees have been around for thousands of years and the last 20 years has seen losses of 50-70%. I realize that they are not native to the US however, they are more easily monitored over our native pollinators. If they have those declines then the concerns for the native pollinators of the same family is if they have had similar losses.
    In addition, honeybee losses in parts of the world where they are native have seen losses in the same percentages. The loss of any species changes our world forever in a negative way.
    As a biologist and a honeybee keeper I think that “concern” equals understanding and education. When a populace becomes educated on these effects on the environment then positive changes can occur!!

  7. We just got honey bees this spring so I don’t know if we will get honey but most of the pollination in my yard has definitely been mason bees & wasps over the years.