Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Hartford, CT
    Posts
    608

    Default Bee garden plant suggestions

    This year I'm using 2, 8'x4' garden beds for planting:

    Coriander
    Lavender
    Thyme
    lemon balm

    all dog safe, all bee favs, as well as grape hyacinth for early spring pollen.

    What do others plant? Also do honeybees like rose bushes?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Rader, Greene County, Tennessee, USA
    Posts
    5,679

    Default Re: Bee garden plant suggestions

    Perhaps this is not exactly what you wanted to hear, but a couple of raised beds aren't going to make a significant difference in how well your bees do. So, plant something that is good to eat (for you), and the bees may like. I'd choose asparagus for one of the beds, and strawberries for the other.

    http://peacebeefarm.blogspot.com/201...-in-bloom.html
    -- Victor Hugo -- "Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Hartford, CT
    Posts
    608

    Default Re: Bee garden plant suggestions

    Oh I know but it'll help and I'd rather have bee plants then weeds. I have 4 beds but 2 tend to get taken over by weeds. So I wanna make my garden smaller and plant something bee friendly for them. I have 2 strawberry towers and 2 blueberry bushes too. Unfortunately asparagus wont produce the 1st year if I remember right?

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Walker, Alabama, USA
    Posts
    868

    Default Re: Bee garden plant suggestions

    I am planting Dutch clover this year, overseeding our pastures so that we will have a mix of bermuda and clover for the hot months and winter rye and clover for cooler weather. Since we're talking acreage, I am hopeful that the clover will actually make a meaningful contribution to the bees.


    Rusty
    Rusty Hills Farm -- home of AQHA A Rusty Zipper & Rusty's Bees ( LC and T)

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Rader, Greene County, Tennessee, USA
    Posts
    5,679

    Default Re: Bee garden plant suggestions

    Well, asparagus does produce spears the first year, (assuming you have planted crowns rather than seed.) Many sources do recommend that you not harvest the first year, but I did harvest a few spears from each crown, making sure to leave some to grow. I did leave the majority the first year however, and the second year I still had more spears than I could eat. Regardless of whether you harvest or not, the bees will still enjoy the flowers.
    -- Victor Hugo -- "Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Napoleon, OH
    Posts
    107

    Default Re: Bee garden plant suggestions

    I've planted a lot of sedum around our house. It blooms in the gap between the end of the clover flow and the beginning of the fall flow, and the bees just love it.

    As for roses...I see the girls working wild rose bushes, but I don't know how attractive the domesticated plants are to them.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Ads