Plants that are excellent nutritional sources of pollen and
nectar for honey bees include clovers, vetch, allysum, native
wildflowers (pictured here) and rapini mustard.
Photo: Meg Ribotto.
Lack of alternative forage is often cited as one of the causes of decline in honey bee health. Planting a bee forage cover crop is one way to enhance honey bee health through nutrition.
Growers are invited to attend a field day hosted by Project Apis m. to view various plants in a demonstration bee pasture, and to learn more about the benefits of planting a bee forage cover crop. The event will be held April 26, 1:30 p.m., at the Capay Ranch in Hamilton City. Topics to be covered are:
- Choosing the proper seed
- Ground preparation
- Planting methods
- Weed control
RSVP to the event by sending an email to ProjectApis@gmail.com.