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Bees in the Garden




Our urban bee keeper Susan Pollard. Pictured is ex-spouse Brandon working on the hives in 2009.


Plant pollination from bees is very, very important - so is having high quality local honey. Here are some of the best plants for attracting honeybees:


Trees & Shrubs

Blueberry (Vaccinium spp.)
Holly (Ilex spp.)
Lilacs (Syringa spp.)
Sweet Mock Orange (Philadelphicus coronarius)
Tulip Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)
Willows (Salix spp.)
Wolfberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis)


Asters (Aster spp.)
Borage (Borago officinalis)
Dill (Anethum graveolens)
Salvia (Salvia splendenss)
Winter Savory (Satureja montana)


Ajuga (Ajuga spp.)
Bee Balm (Monarda didyma)
Columbine (Aquilegia spp.)
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Daffodil (Narcissus spp.)
Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)
Goldenrods (Solidago spp.)
Grape Hyacinth (Muscari botryoides)
Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)
Joe Pye-Weed (Eupatorium maculatum)
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
Lovage (Levisticum officinale)
Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana)
Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Strawberry (Fragonia spp.)
Thyme, English (Thymus vulgaris)
Wild Marjoram (Origanum vulgare)


Those in the Dallas Fort/Worth area who need to move bee hives can contact Susan Pollard at the Texas Honeybee Guild 214-826-8696 or Janet Rowe, the Bee Charmer at 214-695-3425. In other areas of the country, contact your Local Bee Keeping Organizations.


Learn more about bees! Read these articles from the Dirt Doctor library: Bees, Bee Colony Colapse NOT Affecting Organic Hives, Bee Keeping, Bee Charmer - Janet Rowe.


If you have any questions regarding this newsletter or any other topic, join me and my guests for my radio show heard in Dallas/Fort Worth across the country on Sunday from 8 - 11am (CT). Radio


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Naturally yours,
Howard Garrett
The Dirt Doctor


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Originally published in 2009





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