How many acres are we talking about here?
Change? who's talking about change?Not sure if any of us are fast learners. I look at my mother family's farm in northwestern Pennsylvania, land that they've been on since before the Civil War. They went from raw land to lumber, to corn and grains (with horses) to pulpwood back to corn with dairy then beef, chicken, more dairy, even got a tractor and then a bigger tractor, then a tractor that cost more than the house was worth-back to corn, soy and grain. Rain, droughts, fires, pandemics, wars, railroads and mills-creeping industry, fracking, suburbs. Regulations. I hate change but farmers are the very best at adapting. Look at your Island which I can remember from the late 60's. Things change, we adapt. Varroa? What's is that?
Dr. Eva Crane wrote "The Secret LIfe Of Bees"....it has nectar/area data in it that I think you will find of value.So I'd been wondering if there's somewhere that lists a sorted list of nectar producing plants 'By efficiency of space'?
Its easy to find lists of flowers and I know most of the bee plants that people use around here. And we know many of them and have been around them for years.. But sorted by space/nectar production per acre or square foot is something else that I'm not quite sure where to look, and I don't think there is such a thing (?).
I know you don't have to do this. But I already do stuff like this anyway. But I'd like to improve the efficiency.
That is also the name of a novel that is not so old. Who is the author of the book you mention?Dr. Eva Crane wrote "The Secret LIfe Of Bees"....it has nectar/area data in it that I think you will find of value.
It is an old publication, so you may have some difficulty finding it...good luck.
If you are lucky to live that long - waiting for your "10X more honey".If you plant linden trees instead of buckwheat, your bees will thank you with about 10X more honey.
That's an awesome website. It helps for attracting specific bees (mason, honey, etc). YET, if you filter for you want to avoid (Carpenter bees), you can download a PDF of that. Thanks for sharing.Your avatar doesn't say where you are but here one of several lists from the ag school:
Find Plants – Protecting Bees (rutgers.edu)
InstallGuide&JobSheet_NewJersey_CnsCvr_v.2.pub (wordpress.com) (see page 12 of 20)
There's another list that uses a calendar bar chart but I'm not finding it now. When I find it, I'll post it or send it to you.
OF course they are......They begin to make their delightful flowers in 5 or 6 years.
This is a realistic attitude (unless you know how to live for 200 years).That's a negative attitude, Greg.
Guess the happy medium is plant the linden now, and put a bunch of clover/buckwheat/etc while it grows up and shades outThis is a realistic attitude (unless you know how to live for 200 years).
If want a quick return, do the buckwheat, clovers, etc - now.
If want linden now - seek it out and migrate your bees to it.
If want linden sometimes in the future (and for the others to enjoy) - plant it.
For sure if I plant a linden grove now, I will not be here to enjoy the full potential of it in about 30 years. Nothing wrong with this.
I don't think so. Eva Crane wrote a lot of books and I think I own them all... none of which is in print anymore... I think Sue Monk Kid wrote "The Secret Life of Bees". There was a biography of Eva Crane by someone else: "The secret life of bees: the life and work of Eva Crane", published by Britain's Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.Dr. Eva Crane wrote "The Secret LIfe Of Bees"..