We are always looking for opportunities to introduce nectary plants to put in the garden in order to support a diverse pollinator population, in addition to the Buzz Brothers’ hives.
Since honey bees in particular like to visit the same type of flower on each foraging trip, it is courteous (and aesthetically pleasing) to them to clump plantings of the same flower together. The bees save precious energy not having to traverse long distances, and pass that on to us through more abundant honey and healthier drones.
The indigo bush, a native legume with a wide range on the East Coast, is a light airy shrub, about 6 to 10 feet. The plant above has been in the garden for one year. Once it has flowered, we may coppice it to see if the chickens can eat the foliage and seed pods. Corresponding root die-off will also enrich and build the soil.