Common household remedies request
Actually, first a remark on pollinators: I've deliberately surrounded the garden with white clover, now flowering, and twined honeysuckle round the fence-posts, also now open, in order to attract pollinators. (I've also let some sort of herb with tiny blue flowers bolt; I forget the name, because I'm bad with herbs.) With success, since I now have a few tiny cukes and a squash or two.
But I'm not seeing honeybees at all, though they should love the clover. I do see bumblebees and hornets (and dragon- and damsel flies, oddly, though they don't pollinate). But no bees, just like last year. So while I'm guessing plant life on earth isn't in imminent danger of collapse for lack of pollination, something has changed....
And now the request, which is not about pollinators:
After hacking down a mini-forest of suckers growing out of the stump of a very untidy berry bush I cut down last year, I realized that the stump was occupying some prime real estate: A six-by-six spot that catches both morning and afternoon sun! So I should really plant something there. It's not the best area, because it's close to the street and outside the perimeter of the woodchuck fence, but my iris and the raspberries are doing just fine in a nearby area (and the raspberries, being thorny, fence off the street from humans and aren't attractive to the woodchucks).
So, I could dump the last of my compost and manure on that spot, but (a) do I actually have to do anything that sounds like work about the stump, or can I just cover it over and let it rot in the darkness? If not, would chopping it up with an axe and then covering it do the trick? And (b) it's July, for pete's sake. What on earth can I plant? (I don't really want to plant more raspberries; they're finicky, and I'll have to cover them with remay when the Japanese beetles arrive, and that's work).
NOTE Note to self: This afternoon, thin beets, arrange soaker hose, remove remaining grass -- grass is The Great Enemy -- from western border. Funny, that doesn't sound like work, but fun.