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  1. #1
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    Default planting for bees, and the deer

    We are starting a new bee yard, and it's got some open fields, I was considering planting some wildflowers. There are a number of deer, and thinning the population out isn't an option...

    If I plant do the deer tend to eat wildflowers? Any types they leave alone?
    My wife says I have ADD, but, hey look- a chicken!

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    Default Re: planting for bees, and the deer

    http://www.messinawildlife.com/plots...tection-system

    The product in the above link works.

    Of course I'm available to try and reason with them in a natural, low impact and traditional way!

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    Default Re: planting for bees, and the deer

    I plant buckwheat for food plots, the bees and deer love it. I can usually get 3 blooms with one planting. Jack

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    Default Re: planting for bees, and the deer

    How about, Sainfoin?
    Last edited by Joseph Clemens; 09-14-2012 at 06:49 AM.
    48 years - 50 hives - TF
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    Default Re: planting for bees, and the deer

    I have recently planted both Durana and Patriot white clover on the pastures around my hives. Both are considered excellent forage for livestock and wildlife / deer. I have also incorporated yellow sweet clover to the lower pressure / hard to mow areas of the road banks and ditch banks. The white clover was started last year but the drought cut the season short. Started out real well but nothing was common about last year so it's hard to judge how well it will comback this year. The white varieties are supposed to be long term perinneals but the yellow is a biennial with good volunteer regrowth if it is allowed to go to seed. That is why I limited it to low pressure areas. I'm not sure I will see any blooms from it this year but next year I should get blooms about two weeks before the white clover starts producing.
    Mine is an on-going experiment and no real results have been observed yet. Take this with a grain of salt. My references, university extension papers and seed personnel, and initial observations are good.
    Hope this made sense and is of some help.
    BTKS

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    Default Re: planting for bees, and the deer

    There are very few wildflowers that deer won't eat, I know because we have a large deer population around our house and its a constant battle to find flowers that they won't devour. I plant lots of stuff for our bees and for our viewing pleasure, and the deer won't touch them. Try butterfly weed, milkweed, russian sage(a small bush), blanket flower, borage, catmint. If I can think of anymore I will add to the list. All these plants I mentioned are good nectar producing plants. John
    Last edited by jmgi; 02-18-2013 at 05:15 AM.

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    Default Re: planting for bees, and the deer

    Hi Mbeck,
    I use Deer Stoppper from Messina Wildlife..it works great...expensive but pleasant smelling & effective. My gardens are too extensive to use the "tape". I called Messina & Deer Stopper is not harmful to the bees. My question is...if the flowers are sprayed with deerstopper will it prevent the bees from visiting the flowers &/or will it impact the honey (taste, etc)? The ingredients are rosemary oil & mint oil & egg solids. Thanks for the help & info

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    Default Re: planting for bees, and the deer

    Where I worked last summer, we set up deer fences for experimental plots and young plants. The deer fences consisted in two rows with a total of three strings at different heights, which is supposed to screw with the deer's depth perception and thus dissuade them from jumping it.
    www.apisrustica.com (French-only website) Bee Breeding: Canadian nuclei & queens / northern hygienic bees

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