Friday, June 29, 2012

Bees Are A Gardener's Best Friend, A Giveaway!

Where would your garden be without the Bumble Bees, huh? You gotta love these guys who just come along and pollinate your little garden and ensure that you will have seeds after your blooms, for free! 
If you're anything like me, you collect seeds and scatter them in the hopes that you will score some free plants. Hooray! It doesn't always happen, but when it does it's literally a gift from above.
I can't give you blooms or ensure that the bees will visit your garden but I am happy to share my love of gardening and appreciation of Bumble Bees with all who love these little guys by giving away 
TWO Busy Bees Wool Felt Runner Kits. (10"x26")
Kits include the pattern, all the wool felt you will need to complete the top, the backing and I'm even adding the the embroidery threads and needle to ensure that all you have to do is remove the sizing and start crafting. 
It's a sweet pot  and all you have to do to be in the drawing is leave a gardening tip in the comments. Thanks for sharing your tips, and joining in the fun. Good luck!!
Winners will be drawn next Friday 7/6/2011

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76 comments:

Heartsdesire said...

I guess I'm the first to comment, but sometimes number 1 wins. My gardening tip is to make as much compost as you can and spread it all over your garden beds. It really is like black gold! Love the woollie giveaway.

debbie shawcross said...

I do the same as you, Brenda with the seeds hoping to get some precious gifts. Doesn't always work but when it does it's awesome. We have a lot of slugs who really do try to eat up our flowers and veggies. My husband puts bear in a pie pan here and there throught our beds and that puts an end to that. We also put apple cider vinegar around the perimeter of our house and we haven't had an ant in years. sometimes the most natural things are the best. I also love that little bee runner. How cute is that. Have an awesome friday!! :)

Cat Haven Crafts said...

Please enter me in your generous giveaway! WOW! My gardening tip to feed any tomatoes you have planted in pots with Miracle Gro liquid vegetable fertilizer every week or two. It really does wonders for your yield!

Kim said...

thanks for the chance at this lovely table runner.

I am a master gardener and my fingers are itching to get into your old garden and rehab it. In your case if it doesn't bloom try dividing it and giving it new life. Dig the plant out divide it in half or third even fourths if it is really big and only put one piece back in the garden. Give away the rest or simply compost the plants you don't want. Keep these plants well water the first year until they become established again.

Happy Sewing and Gardening

Donna said...

Brenda, you would NOT want my gardening tips since I have two brown thumbs but I would love to be in the drawing anyway. Love your wool!!

Robin C said...

What a nice giveaway. I love bees. Those bumblebees are all over my coneflowers. My tip is to water early in the mornings before the heat hits. Don't want wet leaves to get scorched. Also if you plant flowers that bees like in your garden it helps to pollen ate your veggies too.

Brenda said...

Sharing plants with a friend is a great way to multiply the plants you both have.

SDQUILTER1760 said...

if you have bunnys in your area put human or dog hair around the garden area to ward them off.....Brenda Johnson

Amy said...

Since I've struggled with any success in the past, I have learned to first choose plants that are tough (I've gardened in Colorado, Texas, and Oklahoma - talk about harsh!) and second, make a list of those varieties that are successful so I can buy them again.

Sheila said...

Hello Brenda,
what a wonderfully awesome giveaway! I'd love to be entered for a chance to win one of your kits!
My gardening tip is to weed and water early in the morning while it's cool. Also, sharing perennials with my neighbors is a great way to divide up the plants that need thinning and to get new ones that I would like without the cost.
Wishing you a bee-u-tiful day!

Sheri Howard said...

Love the little table runner. I finally got a compost box, I have wanted on for years. I learned to garden as a kid, my dad always had a huge garden....I think to keep us kids busy in the summer weeding and picking raspberries. I am thankful now because I know how to garden and love my flower beds along with my vegetables....I would love to have a small raspberry patch, i just haven't done it. If I had 5 years ago, it would be good size now. How's your new place?

carolyn said...

I love my garden. I don't get much sewing in during the gardening season. But, I try to keep up on blogland. There are some lovly crations out there this year. My herbs have been comming on regularly so I've been busy drying herbs. And, I made garlic powder for the first time this year. GREAT!!!! Thanks for the give away. I know I'm # 13 But who believes in #13 being a bad number. Good luck to us all.
Thanks, Carolyn

WoolenSails said...

My tip is to not do anything that I do or all your plants will die, lol. The only thing I know that really works is to only water the base of your plants, never the plant itself, since town water usually burns the leaves.

Debbie

laurie in texas said...

All I can say is keep up with the weeds, keep up with the weeds, keep up with the weeds!!!
lauriebecker1@gmail.com

Linda G said...

do not bury the plant root ball deeper than it was growing in the nursery container. Plants can die if new soil is placed on top of the original root ball,

Tamie Powell said...

add a bit of epsom salts and powdered milk to your tomato plants when planting...better tham miracle grow ;)

Cathy said...

I would love to win this kit! Every year I put a woven bee skep in the middle of my flower garden. I collect skeps and have many in various sizes. But what I don't have is a wool mat with bees. Please pick me!! And thank you for the giveaway.....so nice!!

Brenda said...

Tamie, you need to add an email address to your page. It's like a dead end...goes to a page with no contact information. =/ It links to "Nothing"

hueisei said...

I don't have much gardening tips..maybe this one - Remember do not watering the plants when the sun shining brightly!

Mia's Cottage said...

Used tea bags and coffee grounds from Starbucks.... Mix them in the soil... Your plants will LOVE them!
Donna

Bobbi said...

If a plant is doing well where it is...let it beeeeee! (LOL) I don't knock myself out trying to keep plants from moving into other spots. My garden is carefree :)

Barbara said...

I'm actually a bit afraid of bees...but I love that cute little runner! My advice is if you start seedlings inside, before transplanting outside be sure to slowly acclimate them to being outside. Place them outside in partial sun/shade a few hours a day for about a week or so to make them hardier and ready to be transplanted. Thanks for a chance to win your giveaway!

Terry said...

Oh I love big bumblebees! They're so cool! My best gardening tip is to keep ahead of the weeds. They're much easier to pull when they're small than when they're as tall as me! LOL Thanks for the giveaway! :0)

Deb said...

Love the way your garden is coming along. Love the bee runner too. Very cool!

Tina said...

I just learned this year that the old blossoms should be removed from rhodendrens after they finish blooming to allow them to have maximum blooms next year. I never knew that....no wonder my Rhodies don't look like the plants in the nursery! LOL! I guess you would have to see my sad little Rhodies to understand my laughing!

QuilterLaura said...

Hmmmm, I would say compost. It's the best garden gold I can think of. Use plenty of it and your plants will be vigorous!

Linda said...

My husband is the family gardener so I don't have any sage advice other than to plant what you enjoy caring for and it sounds like you are doing that already! Encouraging bees is another must...I love the runner! Thanks for the giveaway.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

I always weed and water in the morning, and then go back and check about sundown to see if they need an extra drink after a hot day. And I DO talk to my plants. ;-) Lovely giveaway! I am so hoping to 'bee' one of your winners! Thanks for the chance! I love bees! Have a happy weekend!

Fiesta said...

Thank you for the chance. This year had to plant colorful flowers in my vegetable area just to attract the bees. They have become quite scarce.

Barb said...

I always plant my carrots and radishes together. The radishes mature first, so when pulling them it 'thins' the carrot patch. This also serves to aerate the soil. A little later, I pull some of the baby carrots to help give the others room to grow.

Jacqueline said...

Remember to dead head your plants so more blossoms will form and bloom. Tiep # 2 - cut back your Mums at least twice before the 4th of July to have Fall blooms.

I would love to win your runner kit. Thanks for a chance.

jleibfried@aol.com

Tamie Powell said...

add a bit of epsom salts and powdered milk to your tomato plants when planting...better tham miracle grow ;)

Judy C said...

Put a few pennies in the ground for a beautiful blu hydrangea. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

Paula said...

Fallen pine needles spread around your hostas will prevent slugs from eating the hosta leaves.

Just this Spring I got to help a friend capture a swarm of honey bees. We nestled them into a hive of their own and they are now making honey. My first time working with bees--what a thrill!

Debbie said...

Control pests that attack naturally. Saves the bees and other beneficial bugs. Plant companion plants to ward off these pests. Also basil makes tomatoes sweeter and sunflowers with cucumbers. I also love Pinterest - learned so much there.

andsewon said...

Love this sweet runner!My tip is too dead head your petunias and geraniums daily to have more blooms!
Hope you all are settling in well your new home!
Hugs,
Lola

Amy said...

I just realized my comments didn't have a link to notify me, in case I'm the lucky one. I'm trying again.

Ruth said...

Please enter me in your awesome drawing! My tip would be to sign up to a gardening web site that will notify you when you need to fertilize your lawn. I am signed up to Scotts.com and they help me keep on schedule.

Tatkis said...

Such a lovely bee giveaway! I love working with wool felt!
Thank you for the chance to win :)

Hugs,
Tatyana

trash said...

Gardening tips? As a firm believer in uber-organic gardening (properly known as 'too-lazy to do much') I don't have so many tips but I firmly believe in deheading flowers that have finished blooming.

Deb said...

Debra as a bee! That's so me and love BEES!! You made AW-freaking-SOME crafts and Love it !

Doreen B said...

The bee runner is adorable. Thank for the chance to win!

Rusty Knob Prims said...

the bee runner would look great at my house!
I do not have a green thumb but I try my best :O)

Rusty Knob Prims said...

omg! the bee runner would look so good at my home :O)
Im not much of a gardner I dont have a green thumb but I try

GIJane279 said...

My best gardening tip... First start by brewing a pot of your favorite coffee, once brewed pour yourself a cup and fix it the way you like; me I take mine black with a touch of sugar. Next pour the remaining coffee into a thermos pot. Take your cup of coffee along with a hand project (the Bee's Are a Gardener's Best Friend" would be an ideal choice) out to your favorite spot in your garden, set it down. Go back into the house for the filter full of grounds from brewing your coffee (they should be cool enough to handle now), sprinkle these on the ground around your rose bushes, toss the filter to the compost heap or yard trash as we have here in the City of Santa Ana CA. head back over to your favorite spot where you set your project and coffee and sit, sip and stitch....

deb-bee said...

My gardening tip is to always label every perennial when you plant it. I use a P-touch labeler with outside tape on metal plant stakes. Now I will always remember my plants' names. Hope you are staying cool. Debby (WI)

mk4health said...

What an awesome giveaway....thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I love a product called Orange TKO...I use it to clean my house with but it also keeps the June bugs off my raspberries and slows down the horn worms on my tomatoes....I love any product that multi-tasks

Lady Locust said...

What a charming kit. I am not much of a gardener, but I do like my yard to look half way decent so I plant rocks - much lower maintenance:)
JoeyLea

Tamie Powell said...

I have another tip that I have started doing. When I plant my Perennials, I punch a hole the plant marker that comes with the plant, write with a pemanent marker the date and where it was planted. Iput all these on a key ring. Now I have the location, date, the care instructions and the name of the plants * which I tend to forget) all handy!

Tricia said...

I've never worked with wool before but was considering giving it a try after seeing some gorgeous wool work at my last guild meeting!

My gardening tip: harvest your carrots (and really all veggies) before December! We left our carrots in the ground until December because they weren't ready. I guess the moral would be to plant them sooner next time.,

Christine said...

Wow! What a fantastic giveaway, Brenda! Good to see you posting , again.....I think your gardens are so pretty, looks much sunnier there than here in the Pacific NW!
Hope you are having a gret summer!
christine
carohloff@hotmail.com

Gwen said...

To improve your soil, save all your coffee grounds and spread them in your garden. Earthworms love the stuff! :-)
Thank you for the chance to win this adorable kit!! :-)

Stephanie said...

I don't have a gardening tip but I have a cute bee story. First I love bee fabric and anything to do with bees even though as a kid I got stung a lot. I swear my brothers put the bees up to stinging me:) Anyway, back to the story. My son-in-laws mother babysits the grandsons. Two weeks ago she called her son and said there was something going in and out of the ground in their garden bed. So my son in law called an exterminator and he couldn't find a thing wrong. Last week she called him again this time saying bees were swarming around their tree. So many she could not beleive it. My daughter called a bee keeper and my son in law rushed home from work. To say there were a few is an understatement. I have never seen so many bees in one place except at the zoo.....Anyway, not only did the bee keeper put a box to capture the bees but he left them two jars of fresh honey - can you say yum!!!!!

Patty said...

My Gardening tip is that when your iris stop blooming or bloom slow down it is time to split them up and spread them out, they are getting too crowded.

Jenny said...

Don't enter me because this darling runner would go into the pile of all my other UFO's. Sigh.

It's nice to see you posting!

Love your kit!

I think my best gardening tip is collecting coffee grounds from starbucks for my compost. High in nitrogen and free, free, free!

Linda said...

I love the runner---thanks for the chance to win...I was just outside--I love watching all the insects and critters do their thing...

Wendy said...

My tip is to pull the weeds when the ground is wet, that way you can get the roots easier. Also look around your area for plants blooming to see if you like them in your garden.

Sandi said...

I have a small space on my condo deck to garden, but love to attempt something every year. This year I went overboard buying some tomato plants, I like to put lots of plants together in my planters to help hold the moisture and reduce the need for watering.

I also mixed in some herbs close to the tomatoes, so when I harvest them I can add some fresh basil, chives, rosemary, tarragon as needed to whatever I do with them.

Also, sweet peas are a must, they were a favourite plant of my dad's and hope they do well this year.

Bees and ladybugs are a must for everyone's garden.

Thanks for the chance to win this lovely kit.

Donna Klessner said...

I'm not much of a gardener but I do love your runner, especially the bees. Please enter me in your drawing- I do plan on making a terraium this year as I live in Arizona.

jackiero said...

Recipe to help prevent 'blossom-end rot' on ripening tomatoes: throughout the year save egg-shells (rinse out uncooked shells prior to saving); in springtime I pulverize the shells in a blender (I use this old blender only for this); add about a tablespoon of the egg-powder to the bottom of the hole you place the young tomatoe plant into.
from....jackiequiltsatgmaildotcom

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

We save soap scraps to grate and mix with water to spray the plants with for insects. It's a non-poisonous insecticide.
Hugs,
Susan

Amy Mayo said...

We get these bugs/worms that come up and eat up the zucchini and squash plants before they've given all they can. To stop them from destroying the plants, when the plants are young put aluminum foil around the base of the plants. It keeps the bugs from coming up out of the ground and eating them up.

BusybeeDebQuilts said...

I love, love, love this runner! As a busybee, myself, it is very appropriate for me ... :-)

My gardening tip is the one I need to follow the most myself ... keep up with the weeding! Weeds take nutrients from the soil that is better used by your plants AND it really gets to be a pain in the rear after a while.

Cyndi B. said...

I don't have a gardening tip, except to be sure to weed regularly. When we were kids, that's the job our dad had us do, much to our dismay!

I'm just now taking up quilting and really like the primitive style. This runner is adorable!

Linda said...

I live in Texas, on the edge of the s\dessert, and it is too hot here for most plants to survive, unless you really like cacti! I use watersorb crystals when I plants things in the ground or in pots,. It sure helps them stay alive in this heat.

L Dotterweich said...

Plant what you like, water it regularly, stay on top of the weeds but most of all enjoy it!!! Spend some time in it soaking up the lovely colors and growth!!

Julie M said...

fordBrenda,
What a wonderful give a way! Please enter me in it. My gardening tips are few as I just started a new one thins year. I pour coffee on my hydrangea to make change color and to keep the slugs away I put chewing tobacco(new not chewed) around the base of my plants. Hope you have a wonderful sunny day!
Julie M
liv4quilt@yahoo.com

Angie James said...

Hi, My gardening advice comes form my Grandma who taught me so much from quilting to gardening to ??? she is an amazing woman. One of the best tips is marigolds planted around the garden to keep out rabbits and squirrels, they dont like the smell of them.

Hope I win, the runner is so cute!

Beth Carpenter said...

Thanks for such a fabulous give away! My gardening tip for you comes from my husband!! We go through "droughts" of bees in our area. If he notices that the bees have not been visiting the growing vegetable or flowers, he takes a small brush (like one of my make up brushes) and pollinates the blooms himself. I truly had my doubts about this, but we had the most beautiful and juicy tomatoes one year when our neighbors could not get them to produce. Best of luck to everyone!
Beth
bethcarpenter619@msn.com

lesterpj@ldd.net said...

I too love gathering seeds and spreadeing them hoping to get free flowers. My new love is moonflowers, they have these great large whit flowers that open in the evening and stay open all night, so pretty in a dark corner of your garden. Just wish they would bloom longer than a day or two, but on the bright side they will bloom a copuple of times a season. Also, very low maintenance, forgot to collect seeds last fall and they came back anyway, of course our winter wasn't too bad!!

Lynn @ Painting Thyme Needfuls said...

Seeing how I'm allergic to bee's I stay away from them....but now that table runner would BEE something I would love to work on!!!! I love hydrangeas ............did you know you can cut them back in the fall, stick the cuttings back in the ground to start new bushes. They will look like they have died but wait till spring all your cuttings will be sprouting leaves and new bushes!!!!
Happy Gardening !
Lynn

rick_and_kate@verizon.net said...

Water in the early morning. Watering in the evening can promote mold.

Denise said...

A garden is a living, breathing thing. It never stays the same year to year..things die, things grow.. If you want tulips you will be happier if you plant the plain old tulips..they will continue to bloom for years. The fancy ones, although really awesome usually only last a couple of years. But the old fashion ones last and multiply. I find that the ones I have bought from Home Depot have lasted the best for me. Also daffodils are a great plant..they have really nice ones and over the years I have been able to divide and spread them all over the yard. Enjoy your garden..it is one of my greatest loves, along with quilting and motorcycles. It is definitely a labor of love!

The Rogue Historian said...

My great aunt taught me this SUPER idea for the biggest tomatoes ever... You dig the hole twice as large as the root bundle. You sprinkle epsom salts at the bottom of the hole. You break off the smallest branches nearest the root bundle and plant the tomatoe plant with dirt right up to the first branch. I used garden soil to fill in the hole and mounded it high on the plant. This allowed the roots to grow larger. You can also, if your soil is nitrogen poor, add hair clippings to the hole. Hair (human and animal) is full of nitrogen. Use hair on the outside of the hole to discourage critters. We grow the best tasting tomatoes like this.

Tree Dellinger said...

Grow dill weed and let it bloom to provide nectar for all those bees and wasps and to have seeds to make pickles. (My 5 year old daughter calls it the pickle plant.)

Robin said...

My best gardening tip is to deadhead those flowers that require it.....marigolds, zinnias and whatnot....it will keep them blooming vigorously all season. And pinch back the petunias...will keep then from getting too leggy!