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  1. #1
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    Default Planting thyme or mint?

    So i heard the other day that beekeepers around college station (texas) were planting thyme and mint underneath hives to keep mites out of hives.
    I know some mite treatments have thymol in them which is extracted from thyme.
    So i was wondering if their is any validity to this theory or if it just another pointless thing

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    Default Re: Planting thyme or mint?

    Spearmint can be used as an insecticide. I have Spearmint and Apple Mint planted in my bee yard. I just planted a few last year, they are starting to spread a little bit now.

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    Default Re: Planting thyme or mint?

    You are not the only one who wonders about this. There is a short discussion about it at:
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...ighlight=thyme

    From what I understand, it is the essential oils in the leaves of the plants that do the work against mites. But there doesn't seem to be consensus of opinion on the topic of deliberately putting in the plants for mite control. Planting thyme under a bee hive is a new idea to me. It might be worth a try.
    Jeanette
    HiveTasks Software for beekeepers

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    Default Re: Planting thyme or mint?

    From the bees' response to thymol (they hate it), I don't think it would be good to plant thyme under your hive. Might drive away your bees.

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    Default Re: Planting thyme or mint?

    Quote Originally Posted by thenance007 View Post
    From the bees' response to thymol (they hate it), ...
    Strange. My bees love thyme flowers. Thyme is only plant in my garden, which is interested to the bees They ignore most of my plants including natives.
    Серёжа, Sergey

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    Default Re: Planting thyme or mint?

    I can't grow enough Thyme, Oregano or Basil to keep up with the demands of my bees.
    Jack Moore ~ Sticky Bear Apiary
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    Default Re: Planting thyme or mint?

    I have always heard that it is not practical to grow herbs/crops for bees to forage on because the quantity needed to have a significant impact on them is huge. That hasn't stopped me from planting Linden, Apples, Peaches, Tulip Poplar - the bees seem to be more interested in things like milkweed and fire weed - so my role becomes one of not eradicating them.
    Master Beekeeper (EAS) and Master Gardener (U Maine CE) www.beeberrywoods.com

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    Default Re: Planting thyme or mint?

    If you plant Radishes in your garden, let it go to seed the bees love the flowers. Won't have any affect on the mites though.

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    Default Re: Planting thyme or mint?

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    This time of the year, in the Attica region of Greece, where I stay, the thyme is starting to bloom. I move my hives to a mountain where it is full of it. After the flow is over my hives are very healthy and strong and with less mites. I don't know if it is dew to the essential oils or the good quality of pollen, but this is the fact.
    You see in the foto the place

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    Default Re: Planting thyme or mint?

    I love the smell of Thyme. I sniff it when I treat. Formic not so much.

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