Bring On the Bees

european-honey-beeI promise this isn’t going to turn into a gardening blog — well, not exclusively — but I do want to link to this interesting piece on attracting European honey bees, which includes a recipe that’s supposed to bring the little suckers running…er, flying to pollinate all those flowers that make yummy fruits and vegetables.

Have y’all tried something similar? If so, have you had success?

ETA:  Joe has a post about his own experience raising bees in Vestavia Hills, with some fascinating pictures and video.  Check it out.

7 Responses to “Bring On the Bees”

  1. Del says:

    Do you not have other pollinators? I admit I don’t see honeybees very often but the place is full of carpenter bees and some other kind of smallish bumble-looking bee and lots of wasps and flies and things. Really, the only thing I see honeybees in is the citrus. Maybe they’re trained :)

  2. Kathy says:

    According to the University of Minnesota Extension, which was the first source I came across on Google:

    Honey bees are responsible for more than 80% of the pollination required by most fruits, legumes, and vegetable seed plants as well as many ornamentals that are grown in our landscapes. Bumble bees are important pollinators of native prairie plants.

    FWIW.

  3. Del says:

    I remember Bill Finch going on and on about native pollinators in a garden story for the paper a while back. I googled and found this. You can put in your zipcode to get your Regional Guide. (I’m in Outer Coastal Plain Mixed Province; not sure about B’ham.) This is so fascinating that I’m afraid dinner will be delayed.

  4. Kathy says:

    I’m in the Southeastern Mixed Forest Province. The site says the ecoregional guide for this area is not yet complete. Phooey. I’m going to bookmark the site and check back for it.

  5. Don says:

    Kathy, I’m in the same region as you. Did you notice that you could enter your email address and name and you should be notified when the guide for our area is ready?

    I look for honey bees every day in the yard and garden. I don’t see any that look like the “domesticated” bees like my Dad used to keep in hives, but I see a few of a much darker color that could be some sort of “wild” bees that live in tree trunks or somewhere else other than hives. I see more bumblebees and wasps than anything else.

  6. Kathy says:

    Don, I did see that, but I figured if I went that route, I’d forget about it and not notice if I never saw an email. I hope bookmarking will remind me to check back.

    We have carpenter bees and sometimes wasps or yellow jackets, but I don’t see many flying creatures that look like honeybees. Obviously something is pollinating my plants, but I’m not sure what it is.

  7. Don says:

    I submitted my email address and my name and I received a confirmation email saying, “Thank you for signing up to get a Pollinator Guide for your area. We will be distributing the guides as soon as they become available.”

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