Having fun with tomatoes

I just love getting my hands dirty with transplanting. It is such a time of hope. Good food in a few months. The remainder of these tomatoes are for the Central Valley Garden Club plant sale in early May. Ā Until then they will be toasty warm in my greenhouse.

 

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Mason Bees in my garden

I enjoy nurturing the native bees and providing nesting homes for them. Since we have five fruit trees, four blueberry plants, 50 strawberries and multiplying raspberries, my garden keeps these bees working. I like them because they work in the rain, unlike other pollinators. I have some cute bee houses and some practical, jury rigged ones and they both do the job.

The wire one above is what I will explain. Mason Bee season here in the Puget Sound lowlands runs from about March 15 when you put them out until mid July when they are ready for storage. Recently I have learned about these predatory wasps that drill holes in the cardboard straws to lay their eggs, ultimately killing the developing Mason Bees. This year I am using white cardboard tubes placed in natural reeds, hoping to discourage the predatory wasps. The tan tubes with mud closures are the bees from 2017 and the white tubes are the nesting sites for 2018.

Class of 2014: Tomatoes

Today was tomato planting day, inside Walls of Water. We have not had a frost for a week and the 7 day forecast looks mild. This year I have planted one each of Sweet Million, Oromo, Amish Paste, Cosmonaut Volkov, Gypsy, Stupice and two Brandywine.,

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I am not happy with the spotty germination of my peas as seen in the second photo. Cascadian at the far end look ok but the near area has Sugar Daddy and less than 50%.