herb garden shopping list:
while it's still too early to work much in the hives, there are plenty of planning and planting activities you can do to prepare for the warm days coming.
herbs in the garden serve multiple purposes. - attract and feed bees and butterflies
- give foods more flavor
- add fragrance to your yard/garden - have medicinal/healing properties
- make great gifts for friends and family
add these herbs to your garden shopping list:
1. borage - it refills with nectar every 2 minutes! bees looooove it!
2. chives - have gorgeous purple blossoms and it stores well when dried!
3. lavender - smells amazing. plant multiple varieties for a prolonged growing season.
4. comfrey - great for cuts, bruises, and inflammation...also activates compost!
5. sage - excellent for flavoring poultry, reduces inflammation, improves cognition and fertility in women.
6. mint - grows prolifically and its oil can be used in the hive to deter wax moths. great for container gardens.
7. lemon balm - some beekeepers use this inside a new hive to encourage the new colony to stay calm and settle in to their new home. it has also been used as a rub on hands to prevent stings. *stings can be beneficial
8. rosemary - excellent food source for bees. small plants need to be protected from the cold.
the list of herbs is almost never ending. these are some of our favorites that we like to plant on the farm.
dm us with any questions you might have about alternative beekeeping and organic herb gardening 🐝 🌱 *unless you have an allergy, bee venom has many health benefits. being stung occasionally is good for you! more on that topic to come! #herbs#beethechange#beevenomtherapy #stellerapiaries
*what's blooming and when? it's april and early blossoms are beginning to appear. bees will collect pollen this month and the queen begins to lay brood. it can be a little slow to start here in michigan as we waiver back and forth between winter and spring temperatures. *significant nectar flows won't begin until may, mostly from dandelions at first - a great pollen source for rearing brood. *when dandelions appear, it's time to install bee packages. sorry, we are sold out this year.
activities this month in the apiary include:
-cleaning the bee yard
-removing dead colonies
-prepping hives for new colonies
-checking for diseases
join us at bee school, may 20th!
learn more about alternative beekeeping!
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