If you are thinking about starting a vegetable garden or making a new flower bed, you need to think location, location, location. The amount of sun or shade in a certain location will determine what you can grow.
Most veggies need full sun. In my Zone 7a garden, lettuce can be grown a little longer with some shade as opposed to full sun.
The same goes for spinach and arugula. Summer favorites like tomatoes, squash, and corn love the heat so full sun is a must.
Different shrubs and perennials also have varied light requirements. Hydrangeas, for example, prefer some shade. Amsonia prefers full sun. The key is to know your site and know the requirements of the plant.
For more info, check out my blog post Planning Your Garden
Brenda/aka The Blonde Gardener
In the winter, bees will cluster together in the hive to keep warm. The cluster is very tight and is concentrated around their food source.
However, not all bees get to stick around for winter.
Drones (male bees) are not allowed to stay during the winter. Their only job is to mate with a virgin queen in the spring. After that, they are allowed to stick around until the nectar supply runs out and then they are deemed useless and kicked out if the hive.
Guard bees stand guard ensuring the drones don't sneak back into the hive.
On warm days of winter (usually above 50 degrees), bees will leave the cluster to take a cleansing flight or potty break. Bees are very tidy housekeepers and will not go to the bathroom in their hive.
Housekeeper bees also take care of the bees that have died in the hive. On warm days, these bees drag the dead bees from the hive and dispose of the bodies right outside the hive.
So, if you see a bee in the wintertime, please let them go. They've been holding it for a long time!
Brenda (aka The Blonde Gardener)
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