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The Best Possible Supplemental Feeding Plan

Just think of the untold billions of words that have been written and spoken on the topic of the supplemental feeding of honey bees.

How about this idea: Plant more pollinator gardens.

I realize that's a simplistic answer; there are many legitimate reasons why a honey bee colony may not end-up with enough stores to survive to the next nectar-flow season. 

But why don't we see more discussion about planting pollinator habitat as part of our bee-centered beekeeping conversations?  I know that colonies tend not to forage right next to their own hive, but if they could make shorter trips to a nutrient rich, diverse source of forage each day, they could make more trips each day.

As a bee-centric beekeeper, I find that I have to belong to two different kinds of groups: Beekeeping and Permaculture.  Of course, I cross-pollinate between the two (pun intended), but it seems counter-productive to bee-centric beekeeping that healthy pollinator habitat is not a part of our core conversation.


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