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Simone Gar
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We are getting a bee keeper to put some hives on our property next year and I am trying to adjust my cover crops on the field to make them even more bee friendly. We had phacelia, buckwheat, sunflowers and several clovers already in the mix but I would like to confirm/adjust these to have a pretty good mix for the whole season. I researched a bit and it seems like honey bees also like dill, vetch, nyger and fennel for example. Any other ideas that are reasonable priced in bulk quantities?
Btw we are a flower and herb farm so we will have plenty of other flowers and many herbs.
However, I heard they do prefer masses of the same plant instead of hoping from one type to the next. True?
Oh and one more question... Black Locust and honey bees? Is it true they like black locust? I have 5 small trees I need to plant out and one possible location is in the vicinity of the hive location.
 
Todd Parr
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Mint is a great one.  Very inexpensive to get going, spreads well, and the honeybees love it.
 
Simone Gar
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Todd Parr wrote:Mint is a great one.  Very inexpensive to get going, spreads well, and the honeybees love it.


Perfect. I have a thing for mint. I am collecting them lol.
 
David Livingston
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Borage Sage and thyme are big favourrates of my bees not sure if they are any use as a cover crop

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Simone Gar
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David Livingston wrote:Borage Sage and thyme are big favourrates of my bees not sure if they are any use as a cover crop

David


Got that covered too We are growing tons of herbs. The three you mentioned as well as hyssop, savory, oregano, lavender, chives, lemon balm, monarda, elecampane, and several more.
Any idea if the herbs have medicinal properties for the bees? E.g. help them stay healthy? Any effects on the honey?
 
David Livingston
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Traditional healers in the Muslim world are really into honey as it's mentioned in the Quran sura 16 vs 68 ,69 specifically as a cure all in many colours . I know that folks from north Africa really like thyme honey as a cure for colds etc .

David
 
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