These are a few of my favorite gardening reference books. I plan out each garden and then set up my seeds in a basket arranged by garden. It makes it easier for me to find everything. During my reading I've come across some new interesting tidbits that I wasn't aware of that may be of help in our gardens this year. The first and most important for me is that growing basil near your tomatoes will help reduce the occurrence of tomato hornworms.....oh my gosh, that is HUGE....I hate the dang things. They can wipe out a tomato crop overnight. I grow tons of basil - it will all be planted around the tomatoes this year! Planting thyme around cabbage deters the cabbage looper. Growing radishes with cucumbers helps ward off cucumber beetles. I love companion planting, can't wait to try them all. If anyone has more, I'd love to hear them.
Our bee hives are thriving. Steve tends the bees and I watch from a distance :) He will be tending them this weekend. I'll try and get "close up" photos. The bees are on every flower on the farm, gathering pollen and taking it back to the hive. We should be harvesting honey this summer.
My two helpers, below, decided it was a good time to take a break in the shade. Banjo (on the right) is lame on his right front. He and Danny really roughhouse and he wrenched his shoulder a couple of days ago. He's been favoring his leg since. Today is better as he is putting more weight on it. He should be right as rain in a few more days. Boys will be boys!
~ Wishing you all a safe, enjoyable Memorial Day weekend~