Pacific Northwest Forage List

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Pacific Northwest Forage List

 

February

  • Winter Heather

  • Pieris

March

  • Maples

  • Oregon Grape

  • Indian Plum

  • Earliest Asian Plums

  • Willow

  • Chickweed

  • Hazelnut

April

  • Overwintering Brassicas

  • Flowering Currant

  • Maples

  • Pacific Dogwood

  • Peaches

  • Crab Apple

  • Apple

  • Pear

  • Cherry

  • Plums

  • Rosemary

  • Dandelion

May

  • Mustard

  • Serviceberry

  • Thyme

  • Strawberry

  • Raspberry

  • Blackberry

  • Blueberry

  • Clover

  • Chives

June

  • Mock Orange

  • Huckleberry

  • Mint

  • Angelica

  • Hyssop

  • Honeysuckle

  • Clover

  • Borage

  • Calendula

July

  • Cucumber

  • Summer Squash

  • Winter Squash

  • Oregano

  • Mints

  • Lavender

  • Buckwheat

  • Borage

  • Russian Sage

August

  • Lemon Balm

  • Basil

  • Clover

  • Anise Hyssop

  • Echinacea

  • Bee Balm

  • Salvia

  • Shasta Daisies

  • Rudbekia

September

  • Sun Flower

  • Joe Pye Weed

  • Lobelia

  • October

  • Artichoke

  • Yarrow

 

4 Responses

  1. Larry
    | Reply

    Hi – It’s the last of October and my bees are bringing in lots of bright yellow and some orange pollen. I live in a neighborhood in Aberdeen but I don’t see anything that would produce so much pollen. They are very healthy and no mites as of three weeks ago (I did buy a nuc from you, so thanks for the good bees!).
    Thanks in advance for your reply.

    • Alan Woods
      | Reply

      Larry I’m not really sure what’s coming in, but I’d also tell you this hasn’t been a normal summer either.

  2. Paul Young
    | Reply

    How about the bright yellow pollen of dandelion and other Compositae?

    • Alan Woods
      | Reply

      Dandelions, clovers, wild mustard and other like plants are typically considered weeds but are important sources of food when other nectar and pollen sources are limited. I would suggest once the bees start bringing in pollen from these plants that you add a pollen substitute. However, you make a good point beekeepers should know when all sources of plants are present.

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