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Old 10-13-2016, 04:41 AM
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My wife planted a big bed of wildflowers here in TX and that patch is getting mobbed by bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Can't say about any other patch or any other location but they are clobbering that one on a daily basis.
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Old 10-13-2016, 08:19 AM
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Himalayan Balsam or Oriental Jewel weed is a good one for Bees. It flowers for months (June-October), easy to grow, all it needs is water. It can get out of control, a borderline weed/invasive species. But the up side is if you pull up the plants when they are a foot tall or so, they won't come back (not a root plant).

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Old 10-13-2016, 08:23 AM
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Originally Posted by flags View Post
My wife planted a big bed of wildflowers here in TX and that patch is getting mobbed by bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Can't say about any other patch or any other location but they are clobbering that one on a daily basis.
Ask her what she planted, I'm always looking for something new.
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Old 10-15-2016, 03:35 AM
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honey bees use different plants at different times of the year.
An early bloomer many people don't know bloomed is Korean box wood. Lots of trees like Maples bloom in the early spring. Then the Danolions every one hates . They like mint also mid summer as well as all the different clovers both the yellow and white sweet clovers. In the fall they will go nuts over sedums and asters.


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Old 10-15-2016, 06:51 AM
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I am bee keeper. I have 4 hives now as I experimented and created a new hive from brood adults from my other hives. Then seeded that new hive with a home grown queen cell.
My apart is in northern WI. I use a 5 strand electric fence to keep skunks, coons, possums, and bears out.

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Old 10-15-2016, 07:25 AM
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Good going...something I will try one of these days. Helped my buddy spin out his honey a few times then he lost his hives and got discouraged.
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Old 10-15-2016, 10:06 AM
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I've also wanted to get into bees. But don't know where to begin.
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Old 10-15-2016, 12:12 PM
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The class of pesticides that contain nicotine (neonicotinoids) are a major culprit in the death honey bees. France has banned neonicotinoids effective in 2018. The EU is on track to ban neonicotinoids.
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Old 10-15-2016, 01:25 PM
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This is an interesting topic. I've noticed less bees and hummingbirds in our backyard garden this year. We've never had a lot of butterflies although I wish we had more. It sounds like I'm going to end up planting more flowers and other plants to help feed all of them. Any other suggestions on what to plant would be helpful. Alleyyooper, I feed hummingbirds year round and would be interested in how you feed bees in the winter, etc.
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Old 10-15-2016, 01:44 PM
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Last year they seemed less but this year they were all over. I planted extra catnip and let my cilantro and Thai basil bolt. The extra flowers sure helped.
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