“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. A detailed class description and registration information can be found at https://shannontrimboli.com/shop/planting-for-honey-bees-a-guide-for-beekeepers-nov-2020/.
Please help me let others know about this class. If you have any questions, just let me know.
Have a great day!