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Honey Bees in the Garden:  Honey -- How Sweet It Is and Isn't

By Mindy03
May 14, 2011

When people think of honey they think of sweetness. Some plants produce honey that isn't sweet at all. In fact, it can taste pretty bitter. Come and learn a little bit about honey.

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Name: Nancy
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May 14, 2011 7:06 PM CST
I learn a lot of info from your articles that I would never find out any other way. It's more interesting than I would have thought, too. I always just took bees and honey for granted.

Thanks, Margaret~
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KyWoods
May 14, 2011 8:26 PM CST
I love learning about honey, as I have been using locally grown honey for many years. Thanks for the interesting info!
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LindaTX8
May 14, 2011 9:16 PM CST
I use local raw honey...it's said that some pollen allergies can improve if you use the raw honey from your own area. I really appreciate the bees and I love it when the bees are visiting my flowering plants like they are now. The bees never sting us. Some people will say that bees sting them...but then quite often it turns out that it's really yellowjackets or other wasps that sting them.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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MaryE
May 14, 2011 9:58 PM CST
Thanks for the interesting article. I buy local honey, so local that some of it comes from hives that spend some time on my neighbor's land.

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Mindy03
May 15, 2011 5:40 AM CST
I'm glad you all are enjoying this article.

For allergies some beekeeping books say eating 1 tablespoon a day will incolulate you to the local pollen. That's because honey has some pollen grains mixed in with the nectar.
Also, any honey produced within a 50 mile radius of you or any produced from an area with the same type of vegetation will help with allergies.

Honey bees out foraging usually won't sting as long as you don't bother them. They can be aggressive during early spring and autumn because they have babies to feed in spring and need to store up winter supplies in autumn.
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May 15, 2011 10:49 AM CST
Great article. Still learning from you about bees, pollen, and making honey.
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mekos
May 15, 2011 10:54 AM CST
I'm really enjoying your articles Margaret. So interesting and I really have a greater respect for the little honey bees. I tend to notice them more now. Ha I actually find myself LOOKING for them. Big Grin
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Mindy03
May 15, 2011 11:13 AM CST
Thank you Linda and Jan. I'm learning right along with you. I keep thinking if humans interacted the way honey bees do we'd be in great shape.
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mekos
May 15, 2011 1:54 PM CST
I agree Group hug Lovey dubby Thumbs up I think you got something there!
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KyWoods
May 15, 2011 2:24 PM CST
It really does help with allergies--I notice a difference if I let myself run out for very long, so I try not to do that.
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Mindy03
May 15, 2011 4:48 PM CST
Honey helps with sinus infections too. At least for me it does; I still get them but they don't last as long.
It's also good to use on minor cuts and scratches to help them heal due to the antibiotic properties raw honey has.
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mekos
May 16, 2011 5:29 AM CST
Good to know Margaret! That is a new one on me. Blinking Thumbs up
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LindaTX8
May 19, 2011 12:27 PM CST
I just love bees! My daughter, however, is a bit phobic...ever since we camped out in a desert park one year when she was a child. There were bees in/on the all park faucets and showerheads and she just freaked out!
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I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Margaret
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Mindy03
May 19, 2011 1:51 PM CST
OK what kiind of flower is that? I don't know them all by sight yet Whistling
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May 19, 2011 2:02 PM CST
Great photo, Linda!
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LindaTX8
May 19, 2011 2:13 PM CST
It's Rose Pavonia, Pavonia lasiopetala. They're native here and very easy to grow.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
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Mindy03
May 19, 2011 2:15 PM CST
Pretty too. I am not going to ask for any of it either because I'm overloaded with plants right now and the thought of more just doesn't appeal Blinking
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mekos
May 19, 2011 3:23 PM CST
Hi Linda, I was gonna ask the same thing, it is pretty. Big Grin
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DesertPirate
May 21, 2011 2:51 PM CST
Honey is also the ONLY food that will not spoil under any circumstances. It can be hot or cold and the only thing it will do is crystallize in cold which can be remedied with a little heat.

Such a wonderful food and its medicinal properties are almost limitless.

Great article too!!!
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Name: Margaret
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Mindy03
May 21, 2011 6:12 PM CST
Thanks Randy and you are right on all counts.

Thanks for the compliment too. It's fun learning all this stuff and then sharing what I learn.

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