Bay Branch Farm

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Buckwheat patch makes a great pollinator habitat

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Wow, the buckwheat we put in as a cover crop has reached ~3 feet tall and is full of pollinators. It is just an awesome experience to both watch and listen to all the activities by bees and other insects now that the buckwheat is flowering. There are so many honeybees out there! We put the buckwheat in as a cover crop to help build this area of land that we plan to plant veggies in next spring. The buckwheat is a rapid growth weed suppressor that also helps make nutrients more available to plants, particularly phosphorus. As it breaks down in the soil, it releases these nutrients. It also attracts lots of beneficial insects.

One of our honeybees (I believe)

One of our honeybees (I believe)

Another honeybee

Another honeybee

Bumblebee

Bumblebee

Yellow jacket

Yellow jacket

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One thought on “Buckwheat patch makes a great pollinator habitat

  1. Hooray for unexpected pollinator habitat. We have some volunteer asters in our garden that the bees are crazy for this fall.

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