If you want to dig into a beekeeping subject with some depth and with people from around the globe, try BeeSource.com.

It’s an online bulletin board where thousands of people go to contribute, discuss, learn and even argue (though always civilly).

After writing about buckwheat on this site (HERE and HERE), I posted something about growing buckwheat for the bees on BeeSource.com a couple of weeks ago, and here are some of the replies:

I plant an acre of buckwheat every year, once it comes up it will bloom in 26 days. I can get 3 blooms a year from one planting by running over it with a disc after it goes to seed. The bees will work it in the mourning up till 11:00am and after that you won’t see a bee on it. Like now in my area there is a dearth on and buckwheat, vitex, moon flowers,and some dutch clover is the only things that i’m aware of that they have to work, the sumac flow is over in my area.


Here’s a quick video I did on my buckwheat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlG_…DATt5CampP4RtA

Mine aren’t working it too hard yet, but I’m thinking they might once it stops raining.



I invested in a used seed drill this year. I drilled my first acre of buckwheat on June 28. It came up beautifully and continues to bloom and grow. Today is the first day we have had any serious rain since then. I planted my second acre 2 weeks later. Got a very poor stand, only about 50% came up. Planted my third acre 2 weeks after the second. It is even worse, maybe 5% stand. It was bone dry when I planted it. The key is to drill it down to the moisture. Next year I think I will plant it all the last week in June. I love it. Like Brooks Bee Farm stated, they only work it in the morning. I have planed it in past years by broadcasting it and then running the cultipacker over it but the drill really works great.


Ours started germinating within a week, with 1/4 inch of rain. I emptied a rain barrel on the beds and in two days it was coming up like crazy. Should rain there tomorrow and Wednesday.

I wish I had room to plant by the acre. All we have room for is a taste. Fortunately we have lots of native forage.



Key words: buckwheat, bees, foraging for bees, blooms for bees, BrooksBeeFarm, BeeSource, honeybees, honey, pollen, nectar, morning nectar flow, planting buckwheat


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Welcome to the web site of the Blount County Beekeepers Association in Maryville, Tennessee.

This site will tell you a little about the association and how to become a member. It will also tell you a little about beekeeping.

Bees are an important part of our environment and particularly our agricultural system. They are also fascinating creatures.

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Schedule of BCBA meetings for 2018

The Blount County Beekeepers Association meets on the second Monday of every month, except for September and December, at 6:30 p.m. at the Maryville Church of Christ, 611 Sherwood Drive in Maryville.

All of the meetings are open to the public, and anyone interested in learning more about beekeeping is welcome and encouraged to attend.

The following is the schedule of meetings and activities for 2018:

January 8 – regular meeting

February 12 – regular meeting

February 17 – BCBA short course for new beekeepers

March 10– New Beekeepers class

March 12 – regular meeting

March 17 -Wooden Ware class

April 9 – regular meeting

April  TBA-Field Day for new beekeepers

May 14 – regular meeting

June 11 – regular meeting

July 9 – regular meeting

August 13 – regular meeting

October 8 – regular meeting

November 12 – regular meeting

December 10 – Christmas dinner


[…] As those of you who follow this blog regularly will know, I am a huge advocate of growing buckwheat to supplement the natural diet for honeybees. (See the previous posts: here, here, and here.) […]

[…] As those of you who follow this blog regularly will know, I am a huge advocate of growing buckwheat to supplement the natural diet for honeybees. (See the previous posts: here, here, and here.) […]

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