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Gardening for Bees

Posted by onafixedincome z8-9 CA (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 9, 07 at 4:08

I liked the UC Berkeley site, but need more information.

How do I plant a garden that is more bee and butterfly oriented, honeybees in particular?

Is scattergardening (seed mix spread and allowed to grow however) a good option, or does it need to be more organized and 'patchy' with various types of flowers?

I want the bees back!!

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RE: Gardening for Bees

Trees give you more bang than any type of garden plantings. Bees need a large forage base. A typical forage area is a 2 mile radius (8000 acres) and can range up to a 4 mile radius. Agastache would be a good start, but plant all you can.

RE: Gardening for Bees

I'm planning on putting in an herb garden for me and the bees. I've noticed that a LOT of the herbs when let to flower are bee attractive. Mints and balms especially.

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