Another beekeeping question

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by Oregonsparkie, Feb 17, 2004.

  1. Oregonsparkie

    Oregonsparkie Well-Known Member

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    I have always wanted to get my first hive but the area(in a small town) I live is sagebrush/desert(eastern Oregon). I don't notice much flowering plant life around but I don't usually watch for it either. There are quite a few yellow jackets around here too - every year I kill several starter hives around the eves of the house and garage.


    Can I have a sucessful hive under these conditions???
     
  2. Terri

    Terri Singletree & Weight Loss & Permaculture Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    Are there any farmers within 3 miles of you that raise alfalfa? Neighbors with vegetable gardens?

    Some desert areas support bees, others do not.

    Why don't you do a google search for Oregon beekeepers associations? If there are any west of the mountains, they WOULD know what local plants are good nectar and pollen producers.
     

  3. 5TR-Apiary

    5TR-Apiary Active Member

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    Call your county Ag. center(look under County Goverment>) Tney'll be able to give you the local beekeeping assc. name and number. Talk to them. They'll be able to answer all your questions.

    I had wanted bees for years and finally decided to call just to see what information they had. I hit the jack pot. They not only had names and numbers but told me about the local meetings.

    Good luck Debbie
     
  4. Oregonsparkie

    Oregonsparkie Well-Known Member

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    thanks for the replies. Ill check with the county. And yes there are alfalfa fields, corn field and Im sure some gardens or flower beds.