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    Default suggestions on a planting around my bee yard!

    my bee yard is on about 1 acre and I have an opportunity to do a planting around it. I was thinking about disking it up to loosen the soil . its mostly grassy weeds now. what would you plant?
    I have access to plows and large vicon seeder and there are lot of AG seed company's around me.

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    Default Re: suggestions on a planting around my bee yard!

    Can't go wrong with white clover.

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    Default Re: suggestions on a planting around my bee yard!

    Turnip salad. It blooms just behind the red maples. Bees love it. They get loads of pollen off it.

    The best summer plant I've had my hands on yet is anise hyssop. It will probably need propagating via cuttings. It's in the mint family.

    Next spring I'm gonna try to plant as much as I can propagate off this little patch of it at the front porch.
    Don't laugh it's paid for. -- Manure draws more flies than honey.

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    Default Re: suggestions on a planting around my bee yard!

    I tried yellow clover this year. The girls love it and it looks really nice.

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    Default Re: suggestions on a planting around my bee yard!

    This spring I planted Buffalo grass & white clover right around the hives.
    Last edited by dadux; 07-21-2013 at 12:35 PM.

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    Default Re: suggestions on a planting around my bee yard!

    Anyone tried thyme? If oil of thyme is used to treat for/kill SHB, would a bed of thyme around the hive have any benefits?
    we have some in the garden, but it's a fair ways from our hives,

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    Default Re: suggestions on a planting around my bee yard!

    I've asked this question too. See: http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...r-Mite-control Would love to know more.

    Quote Originally Posted by bolter View Post
    Anyone tried thyme? If oil of thyme is used to treat for/kill SHB, would a bed of thyme around the hive have any benefits?
    we have some in the garden, but it's a fair ways from our hives,

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    Default Re: suggestions on a planting around my bee yard!

    I like dutch white clover. The bees like it and it grows very well in my area.

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    Default Re: suggestions on a planting around my bee yard!

    Larry. How long was the bloom ?

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    Default Re: suggestions on a planting around my bee yard!

    Quote Originally Posted by arthurw View Post
    I tried yellow clover this year. The girls love it and it looks really nice.
    Arth..how big of an area did u plant?

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    Default Re: suggestions on a planting around my bee yard!

    EverWilde Farms seems likes a good source for seeds. They have Anise Hyssops seeds. They have much larger quantities than most seed companies. I haven't tried them for bee pasture yet. I was thinking of trying the A H and maybe a few other things. I wonder it bees like Salsfy? It has blooms like dandelions and seems like an interesting plant. Edible too. They sell a few things on Amazon but hundreds on their web site. Prices seem pretty good too, but I don't have anything to compar them too.

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    Default Re: suggestions on a planting around my bee yard!

    Is the yellow clover mentioned, yellow sweet clover?

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    Default Re: suggestions on a planting around my bee yard!

    I put in four patches scattered around the yard (the "yard" is about 4 acres). The patches together add up to about 1/4 acre. It should spread over the next few years. I also have a lot of white clover inbetween the patches, but when the yellow is out the bees seem to prefer that. It is sweet yellow clover. I found the seeds on ebay last Fall and planted then. You can buy 1-10 lbs of seed in bulk pretty reasonably there.
    Last edited by arthurw; 07-21-2013 at 05:55 PM.

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    Default Re: suggestions on a planting around my bee yard!

    I planted Niger this spring and the bees were all over it last of June and early July. I'm planning to mow and lightly disc it to put the seed into the ground. With that and some Buckwheat, I should have good fall pasture for my bees.

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    Default Re: suggestions on a planting around my bee yard!

    Is Niger hardy enough to grow without tilling the ground? Did you mean that it will come up a d bloom again this year?

    I'm planning to plant some clovers next spring. I was wanting some other bee plants. I was thinking about asters, but I read somewhere that the honey doesn't taste good. Has anyone experienced that?
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    Default Re: suggestions on a planting around my bee yard!

    I've used white clover before...when it is well watered, bees love it.
    The disadvantages it has over white or yellow Sweet clover are that it's shallow rooted instead of having a long taproot like sweet clovers and shuts down nectar production quickly when it gets dry, and it has far fewer flowers per plant.

    A mix of white and yellow give a longer bloom time as though their blooms overlap, they start and stop blooming at different times.

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    Default Re: suggestions on a planting around my bee yard!

    I would plant various clovers and trees around the edge. Plant them in sections. Trees can offer HUGE amounts of nectar and pollen. I look forward to seeing how this goes for you. Good luck!
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    Default Re: suggestions on a planting around my bee yard!

    Quote Originally Posted by Kenww View Post
    Is Niger hardy enough to grow without tilling the ground? Did you mean that it will come up a d bloom again this year?
    I have been planting it in an old garden which was last disced maybe 2 years ago. So it's not hard red clay. I need to test it on soil that is packed hard.
    Yes, last year, I got a second crop from mowing that springs's crop. If I mow what I have now this week, it should be producing nectar in early September.

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    Default Re: suggestions on a planting around my bee yard!

    Tansy phacelia, Borage, some clover, willows, and herbs like anise, hyssop, cilantro. Also hairy vetch.

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    Default Re: suggestions on a planting around my bee yard!

    Quote Originally Posted by adamant View Post
    Larry. How long was the bloom ?
    It blooms for most of the summer, but my bees only seem to work it for about a month or so. It blooms at a good time here, just as the privet slows down, the clover blooms strong. I think most of my honey comes from privet, clover and winged sumac, which is starting to bloom now.

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