Honey Bee Pasture/Yard Blend: Rocky Moutain to Great Plains
Feed the Bees, Plant These
Simply Bee Organics has specifically crafted this blend to provide maximum nectar and pollen amounts throughout the growing season. This clover-heavy blend contains a large percentage of legumes as well as wildflower species preferred by the honey bee and other beneficial pollinators. It also includes perennial and self-seeding annual species for multi-year productivity, p while creating a beeutifully colored landscape.
Uses: Honey Production pasture, Cover Crop, around the edges and on unused areas of your paddock, farm or yard. .
This blend includes easy to grow nitrogen fixing clovers, sainfooin, and cosmos to attract and feed bees while supporting the symbiotic soil life your crops and plants depend on.
Lack of a proper variety of nutrients and nectar can cause undue stress on the bees leaving them vulnerable to pests and disease. Bees thrive on a rich array of wildflowers. It is important to note that your soil also depends on a variety of plants to cultive the soil organizs with support the nutrient uptake of your soil, soild structure, water retention, and all the vital activities your soil needs to stay rich and vital.
Designed for the varying climate of southern North Dakota, South Dakota, eastern Wyoming, eastern Colorado, eastern New Mexico, northern Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska.
This blend includes:
Yellow Sweet Clover (Melilotus officinalis), White Dutch Clover, Alsike Clover (Trifolium hybridum), Crimson Clover (Trifolium incarnatum), Sainfoin (Onobrychis viciifolia), Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus), Purple Prairie Clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)
The ideal time to sow most wildflower seeds is in the spring or the late fall, however; sowing in other seasons can be successful. For spring planting, sow one month prior to the last freeze. For late fall plant after November 1st. Soil amendments and fertilizers are probably unnecessary.
Site preparation: Rake or till the site to loosen the top 2 inches of soil. Excess weeds or other undesirable vegetation should be removed to allow proper seed to soil contact.
Planting Methods: Blending an inner carrier like sand, potting soil or vermiculite in a 2:1 ratio (Sand to Seed) will help distribute the seed evenly over the site. For small areas hand broadcasting the seed with the carrier works well. For larger areas you may want to use a cyclone style spreader. Once the seed has been broadcast it should be gently covered by a light layer of 1/8" of soil for proper germination. This can be done by gently stepping in the seeds, gently raking them in, or lightly stepping on the area. Be careful not to press the seeds in too deep.
Post Planting Care: The planting must keep moist for 4-6 weeks using supplemental watering if necessary. You should begin to see seedlings in 2-3 weeks and the first bloom in 6-10 weeks. Once established, adding supplemental water during the dry, hot time of year will help extend the looming period into the fall.
1,000 sq ft = 1lb
1 acre = 20lb.)