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  1. #1
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    Default Great Sunflower Project

    Program to help researcers detemine where honeybees are prevalent and where they aren't. Read about this in Rurallife magazine. Thought some might be interested in counting bees. www.greatsunflower.org

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    how wonderful!

    Thanks for posting the link to this. I have forwarded it to many friends. Thanks again! -Danno

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    I have sunflowers in the garden, but they frequently have no honeybees on them! Does that mean I have a low population? How many more hives should I get...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcross View Post
    I have sunflowers in the garden, but they frequently have no honeybees on them! Does that mean I have a low population? How many more hives should I get...

    It more likely means there are more attractive flowers to the bees in the vicinity. I have plenty of "wild" black oil sunflowers, and although they will be covered by bumblebees, I rarely see a honeybee on them.
    So many weeds.......so little time.

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    I'm a bit fuzzy on how this "Great Sunflower Project" will help, even after reading the "How Will the Great Sunflower Project Help" section on the site. Sounds like a great way to sell sunflower seeds.

    When I read "urban poor, who spend 50-70% of their income on food", with no references to this supposed "fact", I became a skeptic.

    Here are some findings on food expenditures as a share of disposable income:

    http://www.ers.usda.gov/briefing/CPI...ata/table7.htm

    MM

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    I have been told (so I cannot verify the correctness of it) that sunflower pollen is a low grade inferior pollen and the honeybees will only work it if there is no other better source to be found.
    “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” – John Muir

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    Many of the hybrid sunflowers have no pollen for the bees. The original wild sunflower is the one you want according to the web site.

    I found the link to where to buy them, but the poster had the link to a hybrid.

    Here is the correct link to the wild sunflower that they want you to use. http://www.americanmeadows.com/Wildf...owerseeds.aspx

    1/4 lb for 7.95 they say a lb contains over 20,000 seeds so a 1/4 lb should be about 5000 of them. That should plant a pretty nice garden.
    Troy

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