So what crop(s) should be planted solely for the purpose of making honey.
i.e. If I planted 1 acre of sweet clover, what would be the expected honey return.
I realize this is all "theory crafting, but I'd like to hear some guesses. On that 1 acre, how many hives could it support?
Yes, I understand that they would fly where ever they wanted in the 2.5/3 mile radius..
I'm toying with the idea of planting a hundred acres or so. What would you plant if you could?
i.e. rows of blackberries on 8 front centers with white dutch on the rows? Or 100 acres of tulip poplar with clover while they grow. Honey Locust (stupid thorns).
Currently my family has 90 acres with ~20 acres that is just random grass and serving no purpose. Additionally, I'm looking to purchase another 100+ acres. I'd like to think of a way to get a return on the land with bees with minimal input cost from farming equipment.
i.e. I could pay or borrow equipment to disc it then broadcast in clover pretty cheap. The bee "should" be able to keep the clover in seed. I could knock it down randomly with the bush hog, but the idea is to minimize input costs.
The land would really only be used for hunting/bees. I don't plan to be a row crop farmer, although there might be a possibility of a u-pick type scenario.
What should be planted if you were thinking about building a honey garden? I'm also planning to plant various fruit orchard but it will take years for them to produce significant numbers.
In the long run, I'm hoping to build a house and run a primary queen rearing location here, so the honey plants could offset some of the feeding costs.
Welcome your input/comments.