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    Default For the beekeepers in the south east - What are you planting this summer and fall?

    Dear Friends,

    Can you please tell me what your planting this summer or fall for the bees? I planted some wildflowers, buckwheat and clover this spring and wanted to see if there were other things I could plant now or fall for the girls. The buckwheat has done all it is going to do.

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    Default Re: For the beekeepers in the south east - What are you planting this summer and fall

    Here are some ideas and links from a SC beekeeper.
    http://www.pickenscountyscbeekeepers.com/beeplants.html
    americasbeekeeper.com
    beekeeper@americasbeekeeper.com

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    Default Re: For the beekeepers in the south east - What are you planting this summer and fall

    i sowed about an acre of a supposed "honeybee" wildflower mix last spring, about 10 lbs @ $25/lb.

    every pollinater except the honeybee seems to be working them.

    most of the wildflowers and the nectar bearing trees have played out here, but i see my bees working dutch clover anywhere they find it.

    i am going to resow the wildflower plot and seed in dutch clover everywhere i can for next year.
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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    Default Re: For the beekeepers in the south east - What are you planting this summer and fall

    I just planted another crop of Buckwheat ... it's a good nectar producer, but only blooms for so long, so you have to re-plant to sustain the flow
    Also, the cotton generally blooms later in the year here, so you could maybe plant some cotton (or sesame) for a later nectar flow to give your bees some extra stores closer to winter

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    Default Re: For the beekeepers in the south east - What are you planting this summer and fall

    Ditto on the white (dutch) clover. I haven't planted any myself, but I'm seriously considering planting some next winter/spring. I hear it takes two years to mature to the point where bees can use it though.

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    Default Re: For the beekeepers in the south east - What are you planting this summer and fall

    Michael,
    If the buckwheat has flowered and seeded, after the seeds have matured you can mow (bush-hog) and lightly disc to get another...and another...crop. I have always made three crops per season if I planted early enough and had moisture enough in summer.

    I have planted more borage. The 3 plants that I had last year self-seeded and are now 14. I have planted some chicory - although it won't bloom until next year. Just trying to establish something to fill in the summer gaps.

    CC

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    Default Re: For the beekeepers in the south east - What are you planting this summer and fall

    Quote Originally Posted by ChickenChaser View Post
    I have planted some chicory - although it won't bloom until next year. CC
    Hey CC,

    Do your bees work the chicory? There is a lot of chicory growing in our area, but I have never seen a bee on it.

    Shane

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    Default Re: For the beekeepers in the south east - What are you planting this summer and fall

    Thank you all. I went out last night and plowed the buckwheat under and then went ahead and sowed a few more pounds over the top of it. I have new good sized spot I sowed as well. I planted a good bit of wild flowers in patches here and there but have yet to see any of my bees on them. I got a feeling these wild flowers are just not what the bees really like. Of course we have a huge amount of dandelions blooming as well. I have seen a few bees working them but not as much as I expected. I got a feeling they have found something much better that I am not seeing. Of course all our hives are new(were NUCs) so we are feeding in small amounts to make sure it does not get rank in the feeders.

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    Default Re: For the beekeepers in the south east - What are you planting this summer and fall

    Quote Originally Posted by tsmullins View Post
    Hey CC,

    Do your bees work the chicory? There is a lot of chicory growing in our area, but I have never seen a bee on it.

    Shane
    Shane,

    This is my first attempt at chicory. What I have planted so far is just a test strip on the edge of my garden. The seed are two years old and I mainly wanted to verify they would germinate. I think every one came up - I'll be sowing this fall and hoping for blooms next summer.

    Sorry to be long on replying - computer was being "flushed"...

    CC

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