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  1. #1
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    Default A Bee Friendlier Flower Bombing

    USDA Zone 7a - elevation 148 feet

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    Default Re: A Bee Friendlier Flower Bombing

    I'd love to do that across the street in our local hay fields.

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    Default Re: A Bee Friendlier Flower Bombing

    Do you own the fields across the street? If not, it might not be a good idea to overseed with anything the owner/farmer had not planted intentionally. Some plants that may be flowers for bees might be toxic to animals eating the hay.

    Hay is definitely not just cut and baled weed stems.

    A field that becomes infested with non-hay plants would probably be burned down with herbicide and replanted.

    Just sayin'

    Enj.

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    Default Re: A Bee Friendlier Flower Bombing

    Point well taken. I wouldn't do it without permission.

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    Default Re: A Bee Friendlier Flower Bombing

    What I can't understand is why, for example, the almond growers aren't required to set aside part of their land to grow forage for bees during the off season. It could also be done voluntarily.
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    Default Re: A Bee Friendlier Flower Bombing

    In a normal rainfall year there are a lot of wild flowers in our area. Many of these wild flowers are not pollinated by bees. Wild flowers are for the most part thousands of years old. They were here before the Europeans, or whoever, brought bees to our country. As such, they are pollinated by "native" pollinators. Some of these wildflowers are forage for bees, but most of them are not. That being said, the bees and wildflowers are both beautiful, so load up on both.

    Clovers and buckwheat would be better for the bees.

    Lazy

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    Default Re: A Bee Friendlier Flower Bombing

    Quote Originally Posted by Bee Bliss View Post
    What I can't understand is why, for example, the almond growers aren't required to set aside part of their land to grow forage for bees during the off season. It could also be done voluntarily.
    The big almond growers hire folks that bring pollenators to the orchards. The hives are placed for the pollenation during the bloom, and after some time the hives are loaded up and removed (I suspect at nighttime).

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    Default Re: A Bee Friendlier Flower Bombing

    Philip,

    I am very aware of how it all works. It is not a healthy system and I think it could be improved is what I am saying. There are beekeepers in California in those areas, are there not?? I do believe I have read some comments about lack of forage after the "big event". It wouldn't be hard to plant edges and blocks here and there. JMO
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    Default Re: A Bee Friendlier Flower Bombing

    If voluntarily done so I agree wholeheartedly. Farmers land, Farmers choice. JMO. G

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