Bees

Planting Wildflowers

Got out a little early this morning to plant some wildflowers. In preparation for the bees in a couple of weeks I wanted to make sure I did my part to to help provide a food source. Although it’s probably not needed since the average bee will travel 2-3 miles away from the hive when foraging but every little helps. I have this huge area in the back where my septic field is and I can’t put any permanent structures or plant any trees that could potentially take root around the lines so a nice wildflower field was the next best thing.

We started by tilling up a few rows in the general vicinity of where I plan to put the beehive. After we had about 7 rows tilled up nicely we began spreading some seeds I bought off of Amazon. I did a lot of searching around for various wildflower seeds and most contained an overwhelming ratio of filler to seed. However this Wildflower Seed Bulk I found boasted no filler, just seeds. It contained 3 different packets; Bee Rescue, Honey Source and Butterfly & Birds mix. Here’s a breakdown of the seeds per packet:

  • BEE RESCUE MIX: 27,000 seeds (1 oz., 28 g.) for lush coverage of over 100 square feet. Mix includes: Baby Blue-Eyes, Bergamot, Blue Flax, California Poppy, China Aster, Chinese Forget-Me-Not, Corn Poppy, Fleabane Daisy, Forget-Me-Not, Globe Gilia, Indian Blanket, Lance-Leaved Coreopsis, Lavender Hyssop, New England Aster, Plains Coreopsis, Purple Coneflower, Siberian Wallflower, Sweet Alyssum, Tidy-Tips and White Rockcress.
  • HONEY SOURCE MIX: 27,000 seeds (1 oz., 28 g.) for lush coverage of over 100 square feet. Mix includes: Blanketflower, California Poppy, China Aster, Chinese Forget-Me-Not, Corn Poppy, French Marigold, Lacy Phacelia, Lance-Leaved Coreopsis, New England Aster, Prairie Coneflower, Purple Coneflower, Purple Prairie Clover, Rocky Mountain Penstemon, Scarlet Cinquefoil, Siberian Wallflower, Sulphur Cosmos, Sweet Mignonette and White Upland Aster.
  • BUTTERFLIES AND BIRDS MIX: 33,000 seeds (1 oz., 28 g.) for lush coverage of over 100 square feet. Mix includes: Sweet Alyssum, Purple Coneflower, Black-Eyed Susan, Prairie Aster, Bachelor Buttons, Coreopsis, Liatris, Blue Flax, Penstemon strictus, Purple Prairie Clover, Mexican Hat, Sunflower, Gloriosa Daisy, Larkspur, Showy Milkweed, Goldenrod, Beebalm, Indian Blanket, Firewheel, Sulphur Flower, Beeplant, Lupine spp, Cosmos, Purple Prairie Clover.
Seeds sown and covered with hay – ready for a little water and hopefully we will see some flowers in the next few weeks.

I ended up purchasing 2 packages of these and just sowed in one packet per row and the 7th row got whatever was leftover – which really wasn’t much. When it said 27,000 seeds I was expecting a LOT but it was an average seed packet size so use sparingly! Along with these wildflowers I hope to have my fruit trees planted as well as building a small vegetable garden. So many more projects to come!

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