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  1. #1
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    Default Advice For Bee Plants in Feral Lot

    I'm a newbee backyard beek and have about 1/2 acre of land that has gone "feral" from old pasture. It's become overgrown with every invasive plant known to the mid-Atlantic area. Some bloom (thistle, multi floral roses), most don't. I was looking for some suggestions for any plants that I could add that would compete with the Alien-like plants that are growing there now. I don't want annuals and was hoping for either plants or shrubs that could thrive in North Central Maryland. These are aggressive weeds. They even take out my Blackberry plants.

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    Default Re: Advice For Bee Plants in Feral Lot

    Talk to your local Ag. Extention office. They'll probably know best how to combat the invasives as well as give you ideas of what grows well to keep the invasives back. I'm slowly expanding my native wildflower patch. Native seed is more expensive than just wildflower seed you get at the hardware store, but once established, (I'm told) it will stick around and hold off the invaders.

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    Default Re: Advice For Bee Plants in Feral Lot

    I think about the easiest thing to plant would be milkweed. Collect some seeds from last years pods and spread on the lot. You will be amazed how easily they grow and come back year after year. They are really a good nectar source for your bees.

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    Default Re: Advice For Bee Plants in Feral Lot

    I would try the Nyger seed that is for sale in the for sale forum....
    Honeydew

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    Default Re: Advice For Bee Plants in Feral Lot

    I have found White Clover to be really easy to grow from seed and helps to choke out some weeds and grasses.

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    Default Re: Advice For Bee Plants in Feral Lot

    Quote Originally Posted by khaas15 View Post
    I think about the easiest thing to plant would be milkweed. Collect some seeds from last years pods and spread on the lot. You will be amazed how easily they grow and come back year after year. They are really a good nectar source for your bees.
    the bees go crazy for the milkweed in our yard. And as two side benefits, it's food for monarch butterflies, and the flowers are really fragrant. Goldenrod is another great bee plant.

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    Default Re: Advice For Bee Plants in Feral Lot

    Thanks for the advice. I have tried clover and wildflower seed, but I swear I could hear the weeds laughing at my attempt. It was soon devoured under a blanket of weeds. The local Ag recommended a chemical bombardment that I was hoping to avoid. I was hoping for some prolific plant or very tall shrubs that couldn't be taken down by these weeds.

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    Default Re: Advice For Bee Plants in Feral Lot

    The other name for invasive plants is "honey" plants...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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