honey CSA

I think this may finally happen! Last year, I read somewhere about a honey CSA. Since honey’s one of my favorite things and since we had poor pollination last year, this seemed like a super idea. I’ve been looking around for a bee keeper and finally came across a woman who maintains beehives and is interested in running a CSA. I am SO excited! The idea is to set up probably 2-5 hives in a location near the community gardens in Belmont. The beekeeper will decide how many shares to…

bees in flight – busy pollinating my vegetables!

(BugGuide ID request for this bee) I heard a nice story on NPR the other day (The Buzz On Bees: Coping With Vanishing Colonies, August 7, 2009). Mostly about urban bees. I didn’t know there are 227 bee species in New York City – all year-round residents. And 4,000 across the US. Its wonderful to think of such biodiversity in backyards. Unfortunately, bee numbers are still declining. “There’s been an estimated … 36 percent decline .. since last year.” I was interested in the description of a recent study. So…

hurray for honeybees

I’m not seeing many honeybees this year. Noticeably less than last year. But I can usually spot one or two in my garden in the heat of midday. This is one I found today gathering nectar in the platycodon flowers. I planted a lot of extra flowers earlier this summer to try to attract more honeybees to my garden and it does seem to help. I have many other types of bees this year (metallic green bees, bumblebees, and lots of small black bees), but still its nice to see…

flowers for the bees

To attract bees, I have planted a bunch of flowers. I went down to Mahoney’s Garden Center, an enormous place that has every imaginable plant, and walked around looking for flowers with honey bees on them. The busiest plant by far was the nepeta (catmint), which had several honey bees working away. There were also some small bees on the heliopsis table. I asked an employee which plants attracted most bees and he thought the lantanta, daisies and petunias were good. I purchased yellow lantana, nepeta, a daisy and two…

happy honey bee

The honey bees are out and about. This pollen covered bee was working in a field of dandelions near my house yesterday.

sunflowers and bees

I planted my sunflower seeds too late this year and they didn’t sprout. So couple weeks ago I bought some sunflower plants to make a nice row. They are short, about 3 feet tall, but blooming nicely and lots of buds coming. The bees love them. They get sooo coated with pollen its a wonder they can fly.