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Do you plant such things as to

Post by montanajoe » Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:13 pm

promote honey bee population??

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Re: Do you plant such things as to

Post by Ditch-Runner » Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:18 pm

my wife plants flowers and bushes to attract and feed birds and the bees :D
she normally gets carried away planting countless flowers each spring we also have about a acre we let go wild, lots of milk weed and some wild flowers

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Re: Do you plant such things as to

Post by lt496 » Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:23 pm

We always plant flowers and stuff around the property/garden to promote bees and to increase pollination of our fruit trees and garden plants.
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Re: Do you plant such things as to

Post by montanajoe » Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:23 pm

Thumbs up,well done.

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Post by Hessian » Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:48 pm

Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) Almost a weed or invasive species. Way past easy to grow as long as it is watered regularly. The hard part is keeping it under control, I pull up at least half. Bee's love the stuff and it flowers after midsummer up until the first frost. It keeps the Bees going in the late summer when many other flowers are finished or over with.

I plant a lot of Bee-friendly flowers and plants, dual-purpose, good for the Bees and tasty for people. Goose Berries, Raspberries, BlackBerries and even English Ivy ( https://phys.org/news/2013-04-honey-ivy ... -bees.html ).

A lot f my gardening is pulling and cutting the overflow.

Lemon Thyme is another good one, edible and a perennial, way easy to grow. Basil is always a hit with the Bees.
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Re: Do you plant such things as to

Post by montanajoe » Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:53 pm

Thanks for the extra effort.

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Post by He Dog » Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:13 am

Yep, most of our property is planted with native or xeric adapted plants that are hosts to pollinators and butterfly larvae. We grow Datura to move the sphinx moth larvae to from our tomatos. We also have nesting blocks with holes for orchard and leaf cutting bees, and a structure for over wintering invertebrates.

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Post by mag00 » Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:21 am

Here in the desert, not much planting going on. I do try to cultivate the blooming vegetation and plants that produce some sort of sustenance for my wild critters.

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Post by remingtonoaks » Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:24 am

Well I have several apple trees and cherry trees. They seem to like them

But then again, I didn't plant them for the bees, I planted them for myself, the Bee just help pollinate them.

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Post by mrmike08075 » Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:12 am

We have a pair of crab apple trees and a pair of cherry trees in the back yard that put on a prolific floral display each spring - we lost the oldest mature crab apple last year to a combination of age and storm damage...

We have a good sized patch of clover in one corner.

When we took over the property there were tons of rose bushes in a row that had grown wild and out of control - had been neglected and untended for about 20 years and were choked off and just a non productive mess.

We cleaned them up and heavily trimmed and pruned them back removing anything completely dead and they remnants have come back with a vengeance and put on a terrific display of blossoms and flowers but we did have to get rid of about 60% of the footprint.

We do have tulips and some perennials that border the Ivy beds.

There is a range of illumination from direct exposure to heavy shade that allows for many disparate environments and mini ecosystems.

We do plant and tend to tomatoes and eggplants and summer squash that require active tending and attention but the balance of the yard is weekly maintenance aside from spring and fall cleanup and prep.

I like to think it's a net positive and that we do our part.

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Post by bpost » Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:30 am

I don't plant with bees in mind but the apple trees, peach trees and a natural weed lawn with all nature of flowering plants coupled with ZERO Sevin used creates a good dinner plate for pollinators and does not kill them off.

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Re: Do you plant such things as to

Post by jwb267 » Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:36 am

I plant flowers along with beer/soda cans placed on a piece of rebar for wasps to build their nests

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Re: Do you plant such things as to

Post by Quick&Dead » Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:36 pm

Just lilacs and tulips.

Plenty of farmers fields around with clover, alfalfa, sunflowers, and a variety of grains.

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Re: Do you plant such things as to

Post by Hessian » Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:08 pm

IMO if you want to help the Bee and related wild Bees or even Wasps you plant with the thought in mind to have something they like blooming in spring, summer and fall. Spring is usually boom time for the Bees, there can be dry periods for flowers. Some flowers they ignore.
Garden Vetch (vicia) is a winner, perennial. A little hard to get started but once started it is pretty much idiot proof. Drought doesn't really affect it unless it is really drastic. Image

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Re: Do you plant such things as to

Post by KenK/84Bravo » Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:13 pm

bpost wrote:
Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:30 am
I don't plant with bees in mind but the apple trees, peach trees and a natural weed lawn with all nature of flowering plants coupled with ZERO Sevin used creates a good dinner plate for pollinators and does not kill them off.


Agreed, same here.

(But) With Nectarines added as well.


Not into Harsh Chemicals all over my yard in order to eradicate "Stuff."

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Re: Do you plant such things as to

Post by mogley98 » Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:22 pm

No but I'm working on a stinger less hybrid bee :)
Why don't we go to school and work on the weekends and take the week off!

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Re: Do you plant such things as to

Post by mogley98 » Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:23 pm

mogley98 wrote:
Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:22 pm
No but I'm working on a stinger less hybrid bee :), using seedless grapes and seedless watermelon plants to encourage stingerless bee growth
Why don't we go to school and work on the weekends and take the week off!

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Re: Do you plant such things as to

Post by Junkballer » Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:47 pm

I get pissed when I see people selling or buying bee traps :evil: .......no bees = no food plants for humans, I love my vegetables and fruits ;)

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Post by mrmike08075 » Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:50 pm

No matter how much I try and how inviting an environment I create and maintain I cannot seem to get my hornets or wasps to produce any honey...

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Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
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Re: Do you plant such things as to

Post by jwb267 » Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:17 am

Wasps eat a wide range of invertebrates including spiders, caterpillars, ants, bees, and flies. It has also been suggested that wasps may prey on nestling birds. Wasps also collect honeydew. Honeydew is produced by a native scale insect.
In early summer wasps, like bees, pollinate plants and flowers as they feed on nectar. ... So, wasps do serve a purpose and despite being a problem at certain times of the year, they are a beneficial insect. So in the natural world, wasps although irritating to humans, have their role to play

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