Attracting Honey Bees...
Every garden needs European Honey Bees to pollinate the flowers to produce fruits and veggies.
I was having a very tough time attracting the l'il fellers to my yard, even though I've seeded the entire yard with Dutch White Clover to attract them, and crowd out this damned Bermuda Grass that refuses to die.
A good friend of mine, a Beekeeper, gave me this recipe to attract them:
In a Mason jar, to a bit more than half a quart of hot water, add 1/8 tsp of lecithin. Add seven drops of oil of lemongrass, seven drops of oil of spearmint and fill with sugar (I used two cups). Shake until all the sugar is dissolved. The lecithin emulsifies the oils, so they spread evenly.
Spray over whatever, the bees will come. Or pour a couple quarts into a shallow pan, then add some sticks or bricks so they don't drown trying to drink it. That stuff is bee medicine, it's good for them, the oils apparently kill some of the viruses that are responsible for the vanishing colonies.
And they did indeed come-- in DROVES. The Honey Bees really love Lemongrass Oil. My friend uses it to attract bees out of houses, and into hives. Even the Queen will leave the problem dwelling to go to the Lemongrass Oil.
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Indeed, when the oils order came in, I ran out and put a drop or two of the Lemongrass oil on the strings supporting the melons and cukes and tomatoes. By the time I mixed up the Bee Potion, the Honey Bees were already attracted to the plants.
Good luck, folks!