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  1. #1
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    Question Best honeybee plant or shrub for heavy, wet grey clay ??????

    West side of my barnyard is heavy,wet ,grey clay, sweet yellow clover and crimson struggle and so does alfalfa .

    Anyone have any ideas, suggestions ?

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    Default Re: Best honeybee plant or shrub for heavy, wet grey clay ??????

    I don't know about grey clay, but white dutch clover does great in red clay.

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    Default Re: Best honeybee plant or shrub for heavy, wet grey clay ??????

    Mint, as for shrubs, I suggest privit, even sumac.

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    Default Re: Best honeybee plant or shrub for heavy, wet grey clay ??????

    Thanks for the replies

    Ben, which variety of privet- seems to be quite a few ?

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    Default Re: Best honeybee plant or shrub for heavy, wet grey clay ??????

    Amend your soil, then you can grow anything you wish.

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    Default Re: Best honeybee plant or shrub for heavy, wet grey clay ??????

    I think the golden rod will do fine.
    They grow crazy in heavy yellow clay soil, alright.
    You can surely try and see.

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    Default Re: Best honeybee plant or shrub for heavy, wet grey clay ??????

    I have some golden rod there and across the road ; it is really varaible in its yield . I try and find some common privet at a local nursery

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    Default Re: Best honeybee plant or shrub for heavy, wet grey clay ??????

    Can you snap some pics for us? Looks like some flowering bog plants will work in the
    wet clay soil. Find something that the bees will like in wet soil. Have you try buckwheat before?

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    Default Re: Best honeybee plant or shrub for heavy, wet grey clay ??????

    Beepro

    I will planting some buckwheat in my veggie garden as soon as the first dry spell hits, which will be soon. Buckwheat doesnt do well there

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    Default Re: Best honeybee plant or shrub for heavy, wet grey clay ??????

    Wingstem is a perfect choice. Best in heavy soils. Blooms August thru September and the bees work it very heavily.
    Pearl City Apiary Michael and Loucil Bach

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