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  1. #1
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    Tsawwassen, BC, Canada
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    Default Plantings for flavourful, somewhat dark honey

    I live in a typical suburb, although am fortunate to have a band of natural wooded area along the slope bordering our 4 block neighbourhood. Past that, the bees are foraging on wild blackberries, garden flowers and typical yard and street trees. Our first honey came off last weekend, and was a very light, pale amber, lovely delicate floral flavour.

    I am happy with that and it is what most people I know prefer. But my own tastes run more to the darker honeys...buckwheat, pumpkin etc.

    What trees, flowers and shrubs should I try to place around the area in vacant lots etc. that will give me a more deep flavoured honey??

    There is also a chance I will be relocating the bees (neighbours were very upset when they saw a swarm) to a beeyard, hope to find a small piece where I can purpose plant for the bees as well...maybe a half an acre. What planting mix could be sown to ensure season long forage and also nice deep flavoured honey??

  2. #2
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    Mar 2012
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    Natick, MA
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    Default Re: Plantings for flavourful, somewhat dark honey

    How about buckwheat? It grows easily and readily, though unless you have several acres for sowing, I don't know as you could put in enough of any particular plant to seriously influence your honey flavor.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Plantings for flavourful, somewhat dark honey

    I think I need to retire to a small acreage!

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