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  • From: "Lon J. Rombough" <>
  • To: North American Fruit Explorers <>
  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Article about farmers using wild bees
  • Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2003 19:06:21 -0700

Title: Re: [NAFEX] Article about farmers using wild bees
An less tenacious alternative to comfrey for attracting bumblebees is borage.  It's an annual so it dies in the fall, and the bees love it.   It will reseed, but you can prevent that by mowing before the seed is ripe.  I interplant it in the garden with the beans and get better set since bumbles are the best bean pollinators.  
-Lon Rombough
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hAD A computer glitch, sorry. Reiterate: I meant it was a good thing Bumbles were attracted to comfrey, a redeeming quality in a n orchard setting. Must read for us all TOWARDS SAVING THE HONEYBEE
On Fri, 29 Aug 2003 16:05:40 EDT, wrote:

> There's wild bees, indeed-------------but whats wrong with Mason Bees you can
> raise without any hives,etc.--------Nothing!! they work  great.!1

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