The reasion I said that was because I am getting 2 established hives and should have spair honey with established bees. They are going to be placed between the blueberries and tomatoes and have the pumpkins, watermelon and wildflowers planted to run around the hives. There will be 2 established hives and the other hive I want to buy package bees and a queen to try a different breed and see what does well. and after the wheat the corn goes in so the readly avail plants will be in there 1/2 acre plot with them smack dab in the middle.
Angi, I don't know what to say to you. It sounds like you have a fantastic place to keep bees, they will had food and nourishment like there is no tomorrow. That is 100% depicted by what you are speaking about.
I get the impression that Rdy-B spoke about the bees not pollinating the tomatoes because their may be a more attractive source of nectar/pollen going on at the same time. Rdy-B correct me if I am wrong. Impression I got.
That is sometimes an issue with farmers, they require pollination of a specific plant, and the bees sometimes will pass right back that crop because a forager bee has come home and told them of a better crop elsewhere. It can be an issue. I know that. Blueberries here are not OVERLY attractive to bees, and sometimes the farmers have issues with them (even if they are close to blueberry fields) going to another crop, not overly often, but I have heard people speak of it. My bee course instructor told me that sometimes he had "baited" his hives with a fresh blueberry blossom. That way when they came out that would be something that they encountered immediately. I don't know how true this is, it could be hokey pokey, but he said this.
I think that if you set a bee colony right smack dab in with the tomatoes or really close by, then you can be almost guaranteed that the bees will pollinate the flowers. I grow tomatoes and I can personally say that the bees really like the tomato plants and have a field day. So, I know that I have enough bees here.
I know hand pollinating tomatoes is ridiculous, especially when they reach such high heights. I recall reading in my seed supplier magazine that tomatoes must be pollinated around the hour of noon. That was rather odd to me, and I couldn't imagine doing that right in the hottest part of the day.
I don't want to burst your bubble Angi, but you must listen to this. When you get bees this year, you may or may not get an overabundance of honey to sell. Don't count on it. Do count on maybe getting some for yourself. The first year of growing colonies is their building up year. This is the year where they must become healthy and strong. For the next year, then they will be in great numbers and conditions to work hard for you and them, and you will undoubtedly have excess honey. You said that you have people awaiting your honey and pollen. If you tell them that you will have lots for them this year, I think they will be very disappointed. Sorry, didn't mean to rock your socks, but this is the real actuality of the scene. Still, go for it, and you will become a great beekeeper, it is s wonderful thing. Have a wonderful and great day, girl. Cindi