Re: RE: Good bee/bad bee
- Subject: Re: [cg] RE: Good bee/bad bee
- From: "Ken Hargesheimer" email@example.com
- Date: Thu, 6 Apr 2006 18:52:40 -0500
I found that there are 23 organic beekeepers just on this one listserv.
There are others for organic beekeepers such as Yahoo.
Click on the "drops" and it will give you their name and location.
On 4/6/06, Alliums <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Hi, Folks!
> Organic Gardening Magazine did a photo spread of native bees several years
> back and if it's a pollinator in the Northeast, our community garden
> to have scads of each species -- including honeybees from someone's hive
> the North Side of Phoenixville.
> I never noticed that all these different types of bees weren't getting
> -- of course, since I do grow-outs for Seed Savers Exchange, I probably
> a "larger than average" number of flowers intermixed with my veggies (the
> theory among seed savers is that pollinators prefer flower flowers [how's
> that for a botanical term? ;-D] to veggie flowers, so if you put flowers
> among your veggies, you'll attract the pollinator to the veggie bed and
> while they are at the bed, they'll work all veggie flowers which they
> otherwise might be picky about. Having flowers between the veggies
> the pollinators to the flowers where they "dust off" so if your isolation
> distances aren't quite what they should be, the chances of your veggie
> pollen mixing is dramatically less -- at least that is the theory.)
> Anyway, the other gardeners have picked up my flower habits (very easy
> over the years, we have developed our own volunteer strains of cosmos
> [picoteed!], cleome, perilla and sunflower [okay, that year Barb planted
> Elfins totally messed up our genetics, but I've got Russian Mammoth seed
> this year to be sure we get some decent size in the mix again!]), all of
> which the pollinators love, so maybe we're just a big pollen and nectar
> We had yellow jackets one year, but they nested in the wood chip pile (on
> the ground) and the minute the temperatures dipped, either the raccoons
> (I've never actually seen a raccoon at the garden) or the skunks (I've
> skunks) ate the nest.
> I'm also interested in what the bee experts have to say -- I love our
> pollinators and that we haven't had a pollination problem since about the
> 2nd year of the garden, but once that mite thing is resolved somewhat
> organically, I want HONEY!!!!!
> Dorene Pasekoff, Coordinator
> St. John's United Church of Christ Organic Community Garden and Labyrinth
> A mission of
> St. John's United Church of Christ, 315 Gay Street, Phoenixville,
> PA 19460
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