Improving Your Garden Harvest with Pollinators
Without pollinators in your garden, you more than likely will not be successful growing and producing fruits and vegetables in the garden. In order to improve your garden harvest, you must understand the importance of providing a healthy and safe environment for the pollinators to attract too. Improving pollinators in your garden you should be considerate of what products you are applying and spraying within your garden. Harsh chemicals such as neonicotinoids can end up killing those pollinators because this chemical is injected in the vegetables. When bees pollinate on the vegetable they inject that chemical then ends up killing the colony. Improving pollinators can provide so many successful benefits to your garden especially adding maximal production.
Special Guest: Gary from BEE-LIEVE
Stopping by Hoss Tools Headquarters today was Gary from BEE-LIEVE Farms. Gary spends the majority of his day to day life working with bees. Greg and Gary discuss the disadvantages of poor pollination can lead to blossom end rot or the fruit becoming somewhat distorted. The guys also discuss and provide helpful tips on how you can start and maintain a beehive in your garden. The best pollinator for the garden according to Gary is the European Honeybees which is the true working bee. Some good practices to incorporate in your garden if you do not have any pollinators around is to do some companion planting to attract those beneficial pollinators. Planting flowers such as zinnias, sunflowers, and cosmos help because it is easy for the bees to reach the nectar. When purchasing bees to place in your garden make sure to do some research and definitely educate yourself on how to maintain and care for the bees.
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Show and Tell Segment
On the show and tell segment, Travis shows us some of his Purple Haze variety carrots that he recently harvested. While Greg tries something new dipping carrots in honey which they now call honey carrots. Greg’s got his rattlesnake pole beans, squash, cucumbers, and potatoes all coming up good. Travis explains that his tater growing this season happens to be the slowest he has ever seen. Also, he made a little mistake in his dream garden when he thought it would be easier to plant his taters at one end of his subplot, but it ended up being the hardest dirt that he has in his garden. This will cause a small issue because potatoes like soft well-drained sandy soil and this dirt that they are planted on now is the complete opposite.
Viewer Questions Segment
On the question and answer segment, the guys answer questions about have they ever tried growing maters in the Fall and which drip tape works best to use for additional seasons. Greg explains that growing tomatoes in the fall can be rather trickier than growing them in the springtime. However, you can be successful if you plant your tomatoes early and use a disease-resistant variety such as Brickyard or Mountain Glory Also, be on a consistent pest control spray program using Neem Oil or B.t. Travis talks about the best drip tape mil if you would like to use it for multiple seasons. In Travis’s garden, he always uses the 8 mil tape over the 15 mil tape because it is just much more flexible and easier to work with especially if you are reusing it for multiple harvesting seasons.