Honey Bees- a Hobby at Logee’s

Honey Bee on Borage

Honey Bee on Borage Plant

Byron Martin and his Hives

Byron Martin and His Bee Hives that he hand-made this year!

What better place then at Logee’s to keep bees. Byron Martin, owner and horticulturist at Logee’s Plants has a weekend hobby. He’s a beekeeper. And, for those of you who know Byron, when he has a passion for something, it always shows in a big way!

Last year, Byron worked only two hives. Last year, his two hives produced over 50 pounds of honey.

Two Hives that survived last winter

Two Hives which will produce over 100 pounds of honey this year.

He wanted to see if he could re-kindle his love for bee-keeping that he had in his early twenties. Well not only did he re-kindle his love for bees, he ignited an interest that blazed a trail in at least four adjacent towns.

Swarm Boxes

Swarm Boxes, which are used in hopes of collecting feral bees.

Before I knew it all of our friends had swarm boxes on their property.

Then, of course, being plant people, we planted bee, hummingbird, and butterfly plants to attract the honey bees.

Borage hosting a dragon fly

Notice the dragon-fly enjoying the Borage flowers.

 

Hissopus officinalis

Hissop (hissopus officinalis)

 

Basil

Small-leaved Basil is another winner for honey bees.

 

Fireweed

Fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium) an abundant roadside source of pollen.

 

Now going on his second year, Byron has expanded his bee hives to 20 more boxes.

Lots of Hives

Lots of Hives with aluminum roofs to reflect the sun.

His passion and enthusiasm for bringing back the pollinators and bringing a natural balance to our world was contagious.  We planted over two-hundred pollinator plants and filled the Labyrinth at Logee’s with pollinator plants.

Labyrinth filled with plants

The Labyrinth at Logee's is filled with pollinator plants

In the Labyrinth- the inner ring has Holy Basil (tulsi), then borage, sweet clover,buckwheat, hissop, and calamentha.

Hissops, Sedum ‘Autmun Joy’,  Agastache and Calamentha have long blooming periods, attract butterflies, solitary bees, bumble bees, honey bees and beneficial insects that are good for predators. He likes these flowers for the pollinators because they bloom late in the season and when flowers are waning these plants still give a source of nectar.

Anise Hissop

Anise Hissop 'Golden Jubilee'

 

 

Echinacea 'Hot Summer'

Echinacea 'Hot Summer' - this colorful coneflower adds cheer to any garden.

 

What’s most important to Byron is to raise Bee’s without chemicals and treat them naturally. He wants to get the genetics of the bees strong to re-colonize the honey bees. If you would like to talk with him further about honey bees, you can contact him at ByronsHoneyBees@gmail.com

 

More Hives

More of Byron's Hives on a Southern Slope

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2 responses to “Honey Bees- a Hobby at Logee’s

  1. This is great! We keep bees as well but even if we didn’t I’d plant for them in our yard. I’m hoping the labyrinth is open for the public. I love to see the bees on the plants. Then it’s so easy to make a decision to buy them. Will you be selling hive bodies and supers some time? It would be great to have a nearby source (we live in Columbia, CT)

    Great post and I’m so excited to come up to Logee’s soon!

  2. Thanks for your comments. Be Sure to contact Byron at ByronsHoneyBees@gmail.com. He would be glad to talk with you about the possibilities of hive bodies and supers. Yes, The labyrinth is open to the public but there is an electric fence around it (to ward off the woodchucks) so let someone know that you would like to walk the labyrinth when you visit.

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