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  1. Bee Forum
    Rusty from Honey Bee Suite thinks highly of Figwort. There are 3 varieties with different bloom times. I'm in 6a high desert and I think I'll be able to grow 2 and I'm trying 3 just for grins. Phacelia and sunflowers were a big hit last year so that's on deck too as a permanent direct sow...
  2. Bee Forum
    I realize that the timing of nectar flow in a given year depends on location, weather patterns, etc. However, I have been trying to find resources that could help me understand the "general" pattern for my location. Specifically, I would guess that in a given region there is a smaller set of...
  3. Bee Forum
    I am looking at working with a farmer to plant 1-2 acres of buckwheat for honey production this year. I'll buy the seed (Mancan variety?), which is about $50-75 an acre(he said he likes to overseed a bit). He grows it and we can put hives on it. Later after we are done, his livestock can graze...
  4. Bee Forum
    Anyone know where I can find some buckwheat fields in Pennsylvania? I am looking to put a few hives(1-3) on a buckwheat field somewhere within a 2 hour drive of Chester County, in the southeastern part of the state. I know buckwheat is more common in New York state, but that's too far for me...
  5. Nectar & Pollen Plants
    The bees heavily work this type of grass as it blooms. When I flick the stem, the pollen looks like smoke. The bees are loading up on it's very pale yellow pollen. I don't know if it is a native grass or if it was planted for cattle forage. No one in this area seems to know as it has always been...
  6. Beekeeping 101
    In the midwest, is yellow and white sweet clover the last big nectar source before the dearth? I have some BeeBee trees that I started from seeds that I am putting in as a long term plan for some nectar during dearth, anyone have other plant suggestions along those lines? I have 33 acres...
  7. Nectar & Pollen Plants
    I live in central Ohio and have quite a few of these shrubs around our property. I was told it was a invasive but not sure what it is. The bees love it along with butterflies. What is this?????? Here to pictures http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z409/creekroad1/100_3606-1.jpg...
  8. Nectar & Pollen Plants
    Hello guys, this is Masterbee again, what i would like to share today is my method of keeping my bees FAT. What i mean is having food supply as long as possible and never having to feed them, this is only good advice for those that have atleast more then 1 acre of land. Anyways i try to plant at...
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