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  1. #1
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    May 2012
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    Default birdsfoot trefoil for bees?

    Has anyone planted birdsfoot trefoil for their honeybees? Is so do they work it and does it produce good honey?

  2. #2
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    Hudson, WI USA
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    Default Re: birdsfoot trefoil for bees?

    It's a fantastic plant, and a consistent honey plant. It blooms most of the summer. I read somewhere, I think on Kirk Webster's site that it was planted deliberately long ago as a cattle feed. It grows in the ditches around here. If you have the resources to plant a lot of it go for it!

  3. #3
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    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    Default Re: birdsfoot trefoil for bees?

    >Has anyone planted birdsfoot trefoil for their honeybees?

    Yes.

    > Is so do they work it

    Yes.

    >and does it produce good honey?

    I think so, but a lot of other things are blooming at the same time, so I can't say I know exactly what it tastes like... but I love it. It even does well when mowed like in your yard as does white dutch clover.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Kingsville, OH
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    Default Re: birdsfoot trefoil for bees?

    My road sides are covered with it, and I have asked the road department not to mow. I like the fact that it blooms most of the summer.

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    Default Re: birdsfoot trefoil for bees?

    We planted it for the first time this spring. It is unbelievably slow establishing, so be prepared to weed. It is a very slow growing weak seedling.
    Dave

  6. #6
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    Default Re: birdsfoot trefoil for bees?

    Dave did you plant it with anything else? Legumes sometimes need a cover crop, like annual rye?

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