“What can I plant for my honey bees?” is a question that beekeepers often ask me. It’s also the question that I asked when I began my beekeeping journey. However, there isn’t a single one-size-fits-all answer to that question. Or, at least not a GOOD one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to planting for honey bees. The specific plants honey bees use and how much they use those plants can vary greatly depending on location, what else is blooming at the same time, and a multitude of other factors. But that doesn’t mean that planting for honey bees is useless or a waste of time.
On Nov. 18 at 7:00 p.m. CT / 8:00 p.m. ET, I will be teaching a class on planting for honey bees. In this class, we will begin by covering some basic concepts to consider when planting for honey bees and how to apply those concepts to your own property. Then, to illustrate how those concepts can be applied in real life, I will walk you through how I have applied, and continue to apply, those concepts on our farm, including some of the specific plants that I am planting and why I chose those plants.
Please note that the plants I talk about planting for honey bees on our farm are not meant to be a “grocery list” of species for you to run out and plant on your property. Instead, I will be sharing the plants as examples of what has worked for me when applying the concepts that we discussed in the first part of the presentation.
This class will be geared for beekeepers, but non-beekeepers may find it interesting too. The class costs $15 and will last approximately 1.25 to 1.5 hours. It will be most useful for beekeepers in the eastern U.S., specifically KY, TN, and the surrounding states.
Please help me let others know about this class. If you have any questions, just let me know.
Have a great day!
Deadline to register: Nov. 17, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. CT.
Backyard Ecology: Exploring Nature in Your Backyard
Nature isn’t just “out there.” It’s all around us, including right outside our doors. Hi, my name is Shannon Trimboli, and I am the host of Backyard Ecology. I live in southcentral Kentucky and am a wildlife biologist, educator, author, beekeeper, and owner of a nursery specializing in plants for pollinators and wildlife conservation. I invite you to join me as we ignite our curiosity and natural wonder, explore our yards and communities, and improve our local pollinator and wildlife habitat. Learn more or subscribe to my email list at www.backyardecology.net.