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    Smile List of Honey Plants - Including Honey/Pollen Yields Per Acre

    I found this list of honey plants at the Melissa Garden honeybee sanctuary's website, and thought my fellow beeks may be interested in the information it provides.

    http://www.themelissagarden.com/TMG_Vetaley031608.htm


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    Default Re: List of Honey Plants - Including Honey/Pollen Yields Per Acre

    Interesting that mites don't like coriander and lavender. Thanks.

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    Default Re: List of Honey Plants - Including Honey/Pollen Yields Per Acre

    You're very welcome!
    The list has definitely added to my planting list for this year. I already had plans to rip out the front lawn and replace with bee forage, now I'm looking at the back lawn too.

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    Default Re: List of Honey Plants - Including Honey/Pollen Yields Per Acre

    Quote Originally Posted by JulieBee View Post
    You're very welcome!
    The list has definitely added to my planting list for this year. I already had plans to rip out the front lawn and replace with bee forage, now I'm looking at the back lawn too.
    Before starting beekeeping, I had planted a bunch of native trees I liked. Most of these just happened to be good bee trees, sourwoods, tulip trees, hawthorns, black locust, pears to name a few.

    We have a "dry" creek that borders our property. Some native mint grows thick along the bank. When it bloomed there would be thousands of bees of every kind. Bees I could not imagine. I was hooked watching them work. After that, I quit mowing a three foot section the length of the bank. Last year I started leaving large stands of clover in the yard. My wife was not excited about large stands of clover. After explaining I left it for the bees she was ok with it. One thing I noticed, honey bees would mostly move out of the mowers way, the bumble bees would not.

    Late this winter, I cleaned out a thicket that was covered in vines and planted crimson clover. Also planted some smaller patches of hubam and ball clover.

    Sorry for the long post, it is a rainy day and can't get outside to work much.

    Shane

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    Default Re: List of Honey Plants - Including Honey/Pollen Yields Per Acre

    Looking at the production figures of honey for Linden.....my name means in German " the corner of the Linden tree" - not a bad name for a Beekeeper.

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    Default Re: List of Honey Plants - Including Honey/Pollen Yields Per Acre

    Shane, seriously sweet setup! I like it. But where in the world did you find Hubam seed??? I'm jealous, I've looked for 6 weeks for a source and have been unable to locate even a teaspoon full.

    Since mowing is my least favorite household chore, my plan is to replace the turf grass with creeping thyme interlaced with stands of New Zealand white clover, lavender, Russian sage, and various native wildflowers - creating a wild, windswept meadow look. My goal in life is to reduce mowing to once or twice a year (fingers crossed) while giving the bees a nice pasture. Although I have been known to brake the mower for bees or butterflies. I think they know me and are never in a hurry, because they know I will either wait for them to finish or I will go around and leave that area unmown until they're done. They have me wrapped and they know it, lol.

    Max2 - You should be the best beekeeper in the world, with a name like that! Just remember us little beek people, once you sign your book deal & start your world lecturing tour

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    Default Re: List of Honey Plants - Including Honey/Pollen Yields Per Acre

    Hi,
    Thanks for the link. I now have a list of great herbs for bees to plant this year. I was surprised to find out about the sunflowers as I thought they were really great for bees - was going to plant a lot (as I like them in the garden) but now, not so sure.

    Jen

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    Default Re: List of Honey Plants - Including Honey/Pollen Yields Per Acre

    Quote Originally Posted by SparksBee View Post
    Hi,
    Thanks for the link. I now have a list of great herbs for bees to plant this year. I was surprised to find out about the sunflowers as I thought they were really great for bees - was going to plant a lot (as I like them in the garden) but now, not so sure.

    Jen
    I am a sunflower fan myself, and that is kinda disturbing info. I normally always plant a patch of sunflowers, in fact I had already purchased my seeds for this year. I wonder if it is all sunflowers or just certain varieties?

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    Default Re: List of Honey Plants - Including Honey/Pollen Yields Per Acre

    I am not sure but I will be researching it tomorrow. We have rain coming in so I will be able to be inside on the computer. I will post what I find out if you would like. I too have purchased my seeds.
    Jen
    Sparks, MD

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    Default Re: List of Honey Plants - Including Honey/Pollen Yields Per Acre

    That would be great!
    Thanks!

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    Default Re: List of Honey Plants - Including Honey/Pollen Yields Per Acre

    Hi,

    So far, the opinion is sunflowers are okay for the bees and they make a good honey. That is from comments from others, not anything scientific so far.
    Jen
    Sparks, MD

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