Re: NYC terrace - attracting bees
First, you never stated what bees..
Originally Posted by hootie
Honey bees? Bumble bees? Some bees?
Being a beekeeper, I don't care much for the honey bees as pollinators.
They really are crappy pollinators and only work large pastures well (do realize - honey bees are really large corporate business and they are after large projects; they are not after little projects - little project don't pay for themselves).
Honey bees will not seek out a small balcony on purpose - does not pay off for them.
They never pollinate my own backyard garden for anything.
They just don't care (but bumble bees do care).
Here - plant a large pot of spear mint, and another pot of catnip, and maybe another pot of something similar from mint family.
Once they bloom - watch.
You will have bees.
Don't worry about honey bees.
If you have any bees - you are helping the bugs out (solitary little bees and bumble bees are the best to have).
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.