Feeding the Bees

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In order to keep a bee colony thriving, it helps to provide them with easy access to food. While it might sound a daunting task to feed 50,000 hungry mouths, it’s really quite simple.

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Early in the season, I feed a special herbal bee-tea that helps build the bees’ immune systems.

  • Combine a 1/2 tsp. of Celtic sea salt with local herbs like, thyme, dandelion and chamomile
  • Steep for 15 minutes in boiling water
  • Add one gallon of water and 10 lbs. white cane sugar to the mixture and stir until dissolved

Cool this simple syrup and put into a bee feeder in front of the hive!

Planting “Food” for Bees

Illustration: Honey BeeEach year to support the bees health, I plant several new perennials, annuals and flowering trees containing nectar and pollen. In addition, I never cut clover that blooms in my lawn as this is a favorite nectar source for the bees. I also let huge islands of grass grow long and keep a meadow full of wildflowers for the bees.

While the variety of plants providing pollen and nectar for the bees is numerous, I’ve listed a few here that I’ve found to be favorites with the bees:   Bushes/ Berries Flowers/ Cover Crops Trees

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