April 20, 2014
Bees pollinating help food production PDF Print E-mail

I was out in the garden last week, headed for the greenhouse to water. I don’t remember ever standing and watching bees at work, but I heard them in the flower garden my daughter and daughter-in-law helped me plant. They were busy on the sunflowers collecting pollen. I have big sunflowers in the colors of rust and gold, cosmos’ and marigolds.

There is a flowering bush a friend gave me many years ago. Husband and I planted it by this piece of rustic fence but could never get many flowers to grow there. There’s a bluebird house my husband built on one of the posts and a few stalks of wild asparagus this year. It’s nice to finally have it looking neat.
Anyway, back to the bees. They were very busy gathering pollen and it was in sacks all along their back legs, which was pretty neat. I suppose that's not too exciting to city folks, but you need to like the country life or nature. Maybe you just need to like honey to be glad to know we still have some bees at work.
So many of our bees are dying, I think from too much spraying of chemicals. Maybe people don’t realize without the bees pollinating we won’t have much food left. They help most of our plants we harvest for food production, and we could get mighty hungry without that food the farmers and gardeners produce. So think about it next time you want to spray chemicals and try to find a natural remedy.
My kids and I were in the garden last night and watched the invasion of the Japanese Beetles. I managed to get most of the blueberries before they came, but they’re on the blackberries and the plants are loaded with berries. I prayed over them and we put out a trap in the pasture. Before my son could even get the pole in the ground they were swarming the bag. I later walked the rows and tried smashing them between the leaves they were on. The bugs are very fast and hard to get a hold of, but will try again today. I don’t want to have to spray with any chemicals so will try everything else first.
Farmer’s Market had a very good day, Friday. There were nine vendors and a good variety of things to buy. Most everyone was sold out by noon. We hope for another good one this Friday.
My garden is looking better all the time since I’m able to spend more time weeding. I planted more beans and some eggplant this past week. I have 30 summer squash plants in bloom, but so does everybody that has veggies.
The deer are still eating the early red apples. I tried throwing the hose up in the tree and that deterred them for a couple of nights till the boys had to mow and rolled the hose back up.
My friend from Chicago is coming this week for few days. We will go to her family reunion, farmers market and swim. Good time coming!!
Here is this week’s recipe: Salmon Patties. 2 cans pink salmon, drained and flaked; 2 lg. eggs, lightly beaten; 3/4 c. panko or dried w.w. bread crumbs; 1/4 c. finely chopped red onion; 4 tbsp. dill; 1 1/2 tsp. fresh lime or lemon juice; 1/4 c. sour cream; 4 w.w. buns, lettuce leaves.
Stir together salmon, eggs, bread crumbs, onion, 3 tbsp. dill, 1 tsp. juice in bowl; season. Form into 4 patties; chill at least 20 minutes. Whisk together sour cream and remaining dill and juice. Cover and chill.
Heat oven to 400. Cook patties in large oven-proof skillet coated with cooking spray over med. heat, turning carefully until golden brown. Transfer skillet to oven. Bake six minutes. Serve on buns with lettuce and a dollop of sour cream/dill mixture.
Have a great week, and we’ll see you behind the Garden Gate.