Have you ever wanted to plant some squash in your vegetable garden and you end up wondering why the flowers are simply not attracting bees at all? Well if that is the case and you have issues with pollinating, then you will need to find good flowers to bring in the winged pollinators in action. Gardens with low bee activity can see their crops lacking productivity, not to mention they will bear little to no fruit at all. This is a fairly easy problem to solve with the addition of companion planting, allowing you to deal with the lack of bees safely for gardening and landscaping purposes.
Companion planting is essentially the growth of different plants close to each other, boosting productivity and promoting natural pest control. It can help with pollination if you are striving to attract bees to your garden by companion planting with some flowers rich in nectar alongside your other plants during blooming season.
How much water is needed by plants?
This is a simple question that leads to at least a few answers, most of which tend to be depending on the kinds of plants you have and your gardening and landscaping needs. As a general rule you should keep in mind that container plants will need the most water and frequent irrigation as moisture will evaporate faster. Smaller containers will need to be watered about twice daily, especially in really hot summers. In ground gardens will need a more moderate amount of water, and will be able to live with even less if you mulch them often enough. Soaking them well about three times a week will give you a better chance to irrigate raised beds. In ground gardens will need the smallest amount of water if the soil is amended right. Water established plants once or twice a week. Assuming you have fertile and loamy soil that retains introduced moisture well enough, conventional irrigation requires about an inch of water every week including rainfall.
There are different types of irrigation methods available, from the manual kind as long as you remember to water your plants when needed to the automatic kind where the watering system is set on a timer and set to run during certain time intervals throughout the year. If you happen to travel frequently or you struggle to water them, then automatic irrigation will be the way to go.
Beneficial flowers for a vegetable garden
Beneficial flowers not only tend to attract bees for pollination purposes, but also other useful insects such as ladybugs, big-eyed bugs, lacewings, parasitic wasps that eat pests as well as the aptly named assassin bugs. Planting a wider variety of flowers that bloom in various times will help support a healthier ecosystem, as well as making your place more beautiful overall. Good choices for this include the bee friendly pot marigolds, coneflowers, borage, bee balm, French marigolds, poppies, cosmos, sweet alyssum, cottage pinks, zinnias and any flowering herbs such as oregano, lavender, cilantro, basil or parsley.
You need to water your plants every five to seven days, or whenever you see the first few inches of the soil getting dry. Keep an eye out for any diseases on your plants and remember to water the roots and to avoid getting moisture on their leaves whenever you can. You should also work on deadheading your beneficial flowers often, allowing them to keep blooming throughout the flowering stages of your other plants. The more they bloom, the more you will see bees in the gardening area and this will reduce the need for daily garden maintenance.