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« Reply #20 on: August 05, 2013, 04:54:03 AM »

  The main business of Merrimack Valley Apiaries is pollination not honey even though they do get honey from it. Would you like to buy some Blueberry honey Huh
I do know the Cards used to go to Osteen, Florida this was there staging point  for orange blossoms.


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« Reply #21 on: August 05, 2013, 12:01:27 PM »

Jim,
I am only going by what I see at my farm and what I have been told about the difficulty bees have, in bee college.
My blueberries are about 70' from where I stage my hives. I see them flying right over the top of them to go to the fields.
In three years I have never seen my bees on blueberry flowers.
I agree they do pollinate them, Jamie Ellis had a class this past year on how to plant blueberries and where to place the bee hives so that the bees would have a better chance to land on the blueberry bushes (he named the types) that have the right type pollen needed first and then hopefully land on the plants that produce the fruits desired (cross polination, not male and female). He had planting ratios and diagrams. I suspect some types blueberry bushes are better for the bees to pollinate but I do not recall that being mentioned.
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« Reply #22 on: August 05, 2013, 04:52:36 PM »

   I do know in Maine (Washington County) their are places where you can ride for an hour in any direction and all you will see are blueberries. I never went to New Jersey for Merrimack Valley Bee Punches.

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« Reply #23 on: August 07, 2013, 09:22:32 PM »

An important part of attracting honey bees to ones garden is to plant herbs amid your vegetables.  Rosemary keeps aphids off of tomatoes and draw honey bees which results in greater fruit set on the tomatoes.  Planting other herbs amid other crops does similar results--comfrey amid my raspberries means an excellent fruit set.
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« Reply #24 on: August 07, 2013, 09:56:47 PM »

Brian D. Bray welcome back after your vacation from Beemaster.





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