Bees and Dandelions

honey bee on dandelion

Photo credit: Chris Fowler

My bees have been busy this past week collecting spring food from the dandelions.

honey bee on dandelion

Photo credit: Chris Fowler

Some of the most important plants for honey bees are wildflowers, and of these, probably the single most valuable early spring wildflower is the dandelion. Dandelions provide honey bees with both pollen and nectar giving the bees a huge boost in early spring and adds to the health and wellbeing of the hive.

honey bee on dandelion

Photo credit: Chris Fowler

The dandelion is also a beneficial and companion plant to have in the garden. Its long taproot will break up hard soils and bring nutrients up from deep in the subsoil,  adding these minerals and nitrogen to the topsoil.

honey  bee on dandelion

Photo credit: Chris Fowler

honey bee on dandelion

Photo credit: Chris Fowler

So there are lots of good excuses for not cutting the lawn!

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2 Responses to Bees and Dandelions

  1. jolynnpowers says:

    making Dandelion wine this weekend and that is another great reason not to mow the lawn!

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    • Jane says:

      Dandelion wine sounds good. I have a recipe for Dandelion marmalade that I want to try this year, but I’m still waiting for the dandelions to flower.

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