basically I'm screwed because i need my vegetable flowers to be pollinated from "now" till the end of the season which is frantically only a short time left... so obviously i can't plant basil plant etc. this season ,the only thing I'm thinking of is buying impatiens from the nursery by this time in the season they all have flowers on them will they also attract pollinates like the plants you mentionedrainbowgardener wrote:It's not going to solve your problem today, but what you need is to have a lot of flowers in your garden that attract them. Things like:
basil, lavender, agastache (anise hyssop), globe thistle, marjoram and/or oregano, rosemary, sage, zinnia, ironweed, joe pye weed, goldenrod, black eyed susan, penstemon, coneflower.
Yeah, my sunflowers almost always have at least 1 or 2 honey bees or bumble bees on them at any given time (especially mornings).mmmfloorpie wrote:From my experience they love sunflowers.
Most plants can pollinate themselves so don't stress too much.
I assume that by now you realize how lucky you were that your experiment failed!brooklyn boy wrote:when i was in camp that we once tired to attract the bears to come visit us so we smeared a tree with honey and the next day we had a heck of allot of honey bees on the tree (the bears never came...)
I have cucumbers , sugar baby watermelons i did manage to get 2 cucumbers ,i guess I'll try the pebble/water thing the other guy mentioned here... by the way i saw today a small bee/fly the size of a big ant on a flower does it mean that it pollinated it or it must be specific type of bees?applestar wrote:What are the vegetable you are trying to get the bees to pollinate?
Also, honeybees are not the only kind of pollinators. It may surprise you to know many weed flowers, including grass, will also attract pollinators. Do you have weeds going to flower?
yah that camp was in north east PA we used to have black bears a few times during the summer when they wake up from hibernationTheWaterbug wrote:I assume that by now you realize how lucky you were that your experiment failed!brooklyn boy wrote:when i was in camp that we once tired to attract the bears to come visit us so we smeared a tree with honey and the next day we had a heck of allot of honey bees on the tree (the bears never came...)
Lots of variables. Per colony, I have gotten as much as 120 lbs. from a strong colony and as little as 0.How much honey do you get from your hives?