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  1. #1
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    Thumbs Up Great article on planting a bee garden

    http://www.motherearthnews.com/moder...x?newsletter=1


    Good tips on placement and varieties, etc.
    Jen
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    Default Re: Great article on planting a bee garden

    I'll take one issue with that article. They recommend planting bindweed.

    NO NO NO! Bad! Bindweed is the devil!

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    Default Re: Great article on planting a bee garden

    Quote Originally Posted by Apiator View Post
    I'll take one issue with that article. They recommend planting bindweed.

    NO NO NO! Bad! Bindweed is the devil!
    I am not familiar with bindweed. Is bindweed another name for morning glories?

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    Default Re: Great article on planting a bee garden

    They are related somehow I believe, and I've heard it called "wild morning glory." However... domestic morning glory will stay put. Bindweed (convolvulus arvensis) will take over everything. It's the western version of kudzu. It spreads via seed or rhizome, outgrows most any food crop, and is very difficult to eradicate. I don't use chemicals, but I'm told you can hear bindweed snicker at Roundup.

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    Default Re: Great article on planting a bee garden

    Jen - Very nice article! Thanks for sharing.

    Apiator...I think bindweed it what we call "hen and chicks vine" here in TN. But its not invasive here. I baby the stuff and try to help it grow, but it won't take and only grows in one tiny corner of my property. Wait...maybe babying it is the problem...it takes it from weed status to wanted-plant status. I need to go baby some bermuda grass and see if it will die too!!

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    Default Re: Great article on planting a bee garden

    For the love of all that is good, do NOT plant bindweed. It is the most invasive species of plant I've ever seen. Our entire yard is infested with it and after 4 years of no chemicals I actually was driven to use weed killer. It didn't even touch it, and now we have learned to just live with it after 6 years.

    Bindweed = fromhell.

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    Default Re: Great article on planting a bee garden

    I wish "babying" the multiflora rose around here would make it die. Ugggh. That stuff is unbearable.
    Jen
    Sparks, MD

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    Default Re: Great article on planting a bee garden

    Quote Originally Posted by Apiator View Post
    They are related somehow I believe, and I've heard it called "wild morning glory." However... domestic morning glory will stay put. Bindweed (convolvulus arvensis) will take over everything. It's the western version of kudzu. It spreads via seed or rhizome, outgrows most any food crop, and is very difficult to eradicate. I don't use chemicals, but I'm told you can hear bindweed snicker at Roundup.
    It is part of the morning glory family ( another Asian invasive weed) but as you said a weed straight from hell. Roundup (some nasty stuff) will only inhibit it but won't kill it. Planting pumpkins has the same effect as roundup but is organic.

    It's listed as invasive and should not to be planted at all.
    Think about it....Buy American

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