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We are also in zone 7 and have good luck with buckwheat. It is a little labor intensive and you have to plant it every year around May. Bee friendly trees or clover might be your best bet. We planted our white clover in early spring. Yellow clover is a good biennial crop and also planted late winter/ early spring.
 

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You might find some helpful information from this; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OlabfOlRo8

I will be contacting one of the consultants fairly soon to discuss a plan for perhaps 5 acres, but could reach 10 acres. This is part of long term plans for an apiary. My goal is to establish a constant flower/forage area especially for dearth periods.

I will be harvesting honey clover seeds this fall. It looks fairly easy and I know where a lot of it grows.
 

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Trees as mentioned will be the best bang for the buck. Phacelia is a bee magnet.
 
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