I have the opportunity to plant a fallow 20 acre field that is mostly golden rod and aster in the fall with whatever I want. I don't own the property, but have permission to plant whatever I want on it. I live in Southwestern PA. I would like to stagger plantings or plant a mix to provide some year round forage, but was curious what more experienced beekeepers would do if they were in my situation to get a maximum honey flow from the 20 acre parcel
The only reason I'd like to plant something other than the existing goldenrod and aster is that my bees rarely make a surplus in spring and summer. They always do well in fall. I believe there is enough goldenrod and aster in the surrounding areas within a mile of my home to make up for it if I took out the goldenrod.