Re: Targeting Nectar Producing Plants to Compensate for Summer Dirth
In hopes of "doing better" next year, & planting something on my 3 available acres that I could actually sell, instead of watching the bees ignore my offerings.
( I finally got some "man-can" buckwheat, which I actually saw the bees working!
I was speaking with a local (eccentric) cattle breeder who wants square bale hay. also targeting horse owners, if there is any left more than the cow guy ( my brother in law) wants.
suggestions are Alsyke clover ( I had some blooming the first year after I planted it , but there was something wrong with my plant growing, I did not get a good stand in other places)
supposedly better heat tolerance, supposedly a very heavy nectar producer.
Red clover ... ( _not_ Crimson clover, which actually looks red) allegedly good cattle fodder, but dies back in the heat. A truffle grower told me his orchard was heavy with bees " red clover".
( truffle growers are still in "research mode" so maybe he correctly identified the clover)
Components to make the end product desirable for hay included "green wheat" and forage oats.
also suggested was "winter peas" which would bloom "any time it got above freezing".
are winter peas a source of nectar?
I am in zone 7, I think.
thanks ... CE
Started summer of 2013, just another new guy, tinkering with bees.