This year we took another step to help our bees, who are all located on our property. We planted more Bee Food, both red and white clover, in our mini-orchard between the blackberry and grape trellising rows. We also planted buckwheat in a few other key locations. The purpose of the buckwheat was not only food for the bees but also to be used a green manure/cover crop. The buckwheat that we let go to seed is germinating again and will hopefully bring us another brief period of food for the the bees.
When the buckwheat and clovers were in bloom the buzz from all the winged activity going on, because we attracted not just our honeybees, but also the bumble bees, butterflies, ladybugs, as well as, a host of other flying insects, could be heard at least 10 ft away. 
At one point when I walked up to the orchard, I actually stopped and thought, "what is the noise?' I didn't figure it out until I was standing in the field of buckwheat and saw all the activity. Walking  through the clover paths I thought this might be a good time to have shoes on.
We are lucky, we still have more space to plant more Bee Food Gardens. Next year, or this fall we hope to increase our wild flower garden section, and plan to someday have a large sunflower garden.
Any suggestions for flowers that bloom in the fall?
Sonny Pemberton

Planted buckwheat and sunflowers July 4. Buckwheat began blooming Aug 4 and bloomed for over a month and the sunflowers began 3 weeks ago and are still in full bloom. A $13 dollar bag of birdseed sunflowers planted over an acre!


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    August 2012