So in my smaller yard, I'd like to help the bees along as much as possible in an area that does not have a lot of formal agricultural fodder (but lots of prairie grasses). My yard is @ 1/4 acre, and has a flowering crabapple, a peach tree, two small (flowering) ornamental gardens and some mints and dandelions and such.
How much forage (say in square feet) is worth planting to be beneficial to one or two hives? We have a couple parkings on the streets (low-traffic, @ 10-20 cars a day) that are about 8' wide and around 50' and 20' long that I could till up and plant.
Any recommendations (in a semi-arid, high-sun area) for plants that'll be nectar-intensive for helping the hives forage through the season?