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Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Pumpking Germany

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No, Iīm not going to advertise any products here, but when I visit my pumpkin patch I happen to think of this lip balm. Beeswax and strawberry. Although bees are so cute and helpful, basically as helpful as strawberries are great and yummy, our pumpkin plants are less helpful for the bees. No open pollinations, and if we need to spray insectizides we better remove the male flowers before they open, because at least we donīt want to kill the bees. This year, however, my pumpkin patch should become a great place for bees. Whereas in past years I had sown corn along the perimeter of my patch, this year I have sown Phacelia. Bees love it (in addition to the pumpkin males, which are available for the bees on my patch)!!! Now the first couple of Phacelia flowers have opened, and a good bunch of bumblebees can be found already. Itīs probably just a matter of another couple of days and then the honeybees will find my patch, too. Well, the lack of corn certainly limits the possibilities of making jokes of things like corn cobs and rape fields, but the 'bees and flowers' topic isnīt bad either, is it?

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