Re: crimson clover for bees' use?
After declaring that my honey bees did not care for my bro-in-laws CC last year, this year somebodies honeys were all over it.
I am told that clover is persistent, wife wont let me plant in garden, but Bro-in-law does every year. he plows & seems to have no problems.
It may be that the variety has too "big/deep" flower that the honeys can not work, but bumbles can.
I have been advised to cut the first bloom ( of other clovers) , the second blooms will be smaller & bees can work fine.
In our area, other nectar sources start earlier in the spring, & the Crimson & red clover is all ready done in.
If you can tolerate the taste of the honey, "Mancan" Buckwheat can be rotated until frost. it will come up next year, but is pretty easily controlled.
Good Luck with your bees. CE
Last edited by tech.35058; 07-01-2016 at 08:26 PM.
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Started summer of 2013, just another new guy, tinkering with bees.