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Archive for September, 2008

Anise hyssop-fall report

Posted by blueberrytalk on September 28, 2008

Last yaer’s planting has matured and gone to seed. New plants from last year’s seed have filled in around the parent plants. Even in rainy weather bees are drawn to Hyssop plants.

Anise hyssop seed

Anise hyssop seed

Plants started this spring have blossomed. They are much stronger and greener than last year’s plants because dolomite lime was added to raise the PH.
Anise hyssop

Anise hyssop

Plants started later in the season have yet to bloom. They may still produce some flowers.

young plants

young plants

 

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Bluecrop pollination

Posted by blueberrytalk on September 5, 2008

The tiny unripe berries on the Bluecrop blueberry bush is a result of  poor pollination. It would be easy to blame the weather but the fact is bees prefer any other blossom to Bluecrop blossoms. This is a persistent problem for Bluecrop. What is the solution? Our plan is to saturate the area with Mason bees. Mason bees forage close to their nests so a lot of Mason bee nests close to the Bluecrop is our plan for next year. We will check back a year from now.

late Bluecrop

late Bluecrop

unripe Bluecrop

unripe Bluecrop

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