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Dcats
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2014 12:28 am    Post subject: Clover Reply with quote

I'm pretty new at this, and have done a lot of reading to find out what is good plants for my bee's. I have about 4 acres of front yard with a lot of different wild flowers and Clover in it, when aloud it to grow. I use to be a stickler for cutting my yard. Now that I have my bee's I have let it grow. I read that 1 acre of clover can produce 100 lbs of honey. And I have watched my little girls go crazy on it.
I was wondering if any one can tell me how often you should mow to get new flowers to grow. I'm guessing that the pollen is used up after a bit? And I know cutting clover will make it produce new blooms.
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J Smith
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2014 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I usually wait until the blooms start dying back. With white clover that is.
Depends on your growing season and how high you can stand to let the rest of the grasses getting before your key start hand for the mower starts twitching.

Mow late in the evening or early in the morning to prevent mowing up too many foraging bees.
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Dcats
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2014 1:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you J Smith. Will do just that.
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catchercradle
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2014 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And with red clover, only longer tailed bees can reach the nectar with the initial flowering. However after cutting when it flowers again the bees can use it.
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Notyouraveragebeek
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you wait till the flowers die back, they will have gone to seed... cutting at this point helps to increase the clover in your yard. While it's not necessarily good for your bare feet, it's great for the ladies!

You may want to make sure you have Plantain weed in your yard as well, as that really helps when you inadvertently step on one! Mash up the leaves and put it on the sting... my wife stepped on one last night and was amazed at my medical skills after I applied that to her toe Laughing
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CharlieBnoobee
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2014 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Notyouraveragebeek wrote:


...You may want to make sure you have Plantain weed in your yard as well, as that really helps when you inadvertently step on one! Mash up the leaves and put it on the sting... my wife stepped on one last night and was amazed at my medical skills after I applied that to her toe Laughing


I've found that tomato leaves work even better. Somewhat effective even on yellow jacket stings. Those little buggers can Really put the hurt on you!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2014 6:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I've found that tomato leaves work even better.


Will have to look that one up - Have been told by medical herbalist that plantain leaves contain more of a naturally occurring antihistamine than dock.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2014 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

50 stings a year gives you immunity to bee stings...
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