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  1. #1
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    Default Milk weed?

    I've got several fields with tons of milk weed growing in it. I've been spreading it around for the monarch butterflies to live off of. It is getting ready to flower in my area now and I've seen bees on them before. Does anyone know if it makes good honey? The flowers do smell good.

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    Default Re: Milk weed?

    I've seen it on many lists as a preferred plant for bees, but I haven't seen it yet. I did discover last year that milkweed blossoms are very tasty before they bloom (like clusters of sweet, tender peas). http://www.mamabear.ca/2011/07/recip...ower-fritters/

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    Default Re: Milk weed?

    check out the milkweed entry about 2/3 of the way down this bee forage table:

    http://themelissagarden.com/TMG_Vetaley031608.htm

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    Default Re: Milk weed?

    Thank you both for the links. Looks like the bees will like it here. Also from the link from beregondo I learned varroa don't like lavender or coriander. I'll have to get some of those to help keep them safe.

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    Default Re: Milk weed?

    I live on a restored prairie and it's full of milkweed. Milkweed is easy to spread and I often take seeds and spread them. The flowers usually bloom about the same time as thistle, with linden soon to follow. I find the honey from these sources light hard to crystalize. The linden gives it a bit of a minty flavor. Bee's love milkweed!

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    Default Re: Milk weed?

    There was a small patch of milkweed growing out in my 7 acres and last summer the bees were working it like crazy. It was very very dry and not much else available seemed like but those milkweeds were thick with bees. I recall that was maybe early/mid July last year, about. This year looks a month early. It was getting close a week ago when I looked at it.

    Dan

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