I've lived on my land since March 2010 and this year I finally saw good old fashioned bees. The poppies started blooming profusely in July and one day I saw a few bees enjoying them. Within 3 days bees were everywhere! I was thrilled
I have newly sprouted buckwheat for them, that will hopefully provide for several more months. I also planted lemon mint and am still waiting for those to sprout. I hope to keep enough blooms around to make the bees want to visit regularly.
I'm curious where they come from though. Do they travel far for nectar/pollen sources? If I keep them happy will they nest nearby?
Our nearest neighbor is it least a quarter mile away and this is a desert scrub area other than the slow progresses I've made.
My brother in law keeps bees and is learning me how to. He told me that bees fly up to 3 kilometres from their hive.
However because of the pollution and insecticides used by farmers here in Europe where I live, they get disorientated and go only up to 1.5 km. Most of the times they can't find their nest back.... It's a big problem here, the bees are ex-stinting...