June Buzz

Bees and fireflies were the insect stars in the garden this month.

At the beginning of June, peas and strawberries were definitely the vegetable stars. However, beans are definitely taking over the starring role to finish out the month!

Although June started rainy and cool, and many of the perennials and annuals took their own sweet time growing and flowering, there were lots of bees visiting the garden.

Why? Part of it is because I direct sowed Lacy Phacelia seeds in 4 or 5 different areas in mid April. There’s a reason it’s also commonly called Bee’s Friend. Once it starts blooming, bees visit it from dusk until dawn.

Bumblebee enjoying lacy phacelia | Horseradish & Honey blog
Bumblebee enjoying Lacy Phacelia

Want to add Lacy Phacelia to your garden? I got my seeds from Hudson Valley Seed Company and couldn’t be happier with the germination and overall quality.

Fireflies immediately take me back to my childhood. I’m sure they are super thankful that I outgrew the habit of capturing them in jars. What were we thinking? I guess it was just the thing to do.

I now know that fireflies do so much more than light up. And they’re one more reason why we let the backyard get kind of wild. 

I spot fireflies all over the place in the garden and yard—especially on the tall grass. But you never know where a firefly might be hanging out and it’s not unusual to see them on the flowers in my vegetable gardens.

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Love this color-coordinated firefly and marigold!

I love that our koi pond provides a habitat for more than just fish. Dragonflies showed up earlier than last year and have been hanging around the pond and in the garden. 

Interesting fact: Dragonflies can fly in any direction. Learn more about these fascinating insects.

How cool is this Blue Dasher dragonfly? There are usually 3 or 4 flitting about and they aren’t afraid to fly right up and check me out while I’m checking them out.

Blue Dasher Dragonfly
This Blue Dasher dragonfly is super cool!

What I’m…

Harvesting: Last of the peas and bok choy, a few strawberries and raspberries, beets, radishes, bush beans, jalapeños, cilantro, basil, lemon basil, chives

Making: Pesto! I’ve been making lots of it, without a recipe, and not always using basil or pine nuts. I know, what a rebel! It has been SO GOOD!

Reading: How to Grow More Vegetables by John Jeavons. I’m trying to learn more about sustainable gardening practices.

Wanting: A vegepod. I saw one in person a few months ago and I’ve been lusting for one ever since. Not sure how much longer I can resist.

Looking Forward To: Ripe tomatoes in July!