Here's links to the latest PPBA Newsletters - Honey Guides!
CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS:
August 19th, 2017: PPBA Summer Picnic! Details will be sent to members! For information, contact Rebecca!
August 26th, 9:30 - 11:30am: Varroa mites are generally considered the biggest problem beekeepers face today and one of the most serious threats to survival of the colony. There will be a seminar on treating for varroa mites and a discussion on preventing nosema on Saturday, August 26th from 9:30 - 11:30am at the County Transportation Center, 3275 Akers Drive, in Colorado Springs.
There will also be an extractor class from 12pm to 1pm (same location) . You must attend an extractor class to rent the PPBA extractor!
October 19th, 2017: PPBA General Membership Meeting.
Bee Packages: Be sure you know where your bees will be coming from. Some bee suppliers get their bees from southern states - and we want to avoid importing Africanized bees into Colorado.
Here's a list of bee friendly plants and shrubs! (from Kim G)
Suggested Plants for Honey Bees
Trees & Shrubs
Maple (Acer), Elm (American and Siberian), Linden (Tilia americanum), Fruit trees (Apple, Crab apple, Cherry, Plum, Peach, Apricot) Sumac (Rhus), Willows (Salix), Red Bud (Cercis Canadensis), Blackberry (Rubus), Raspberry (Rubus) Serviceberry (Amelanchier), Current (Ribes), Rabbit brush (Chrysothamnus), Snowberry (Symphoricarpos), Cotoneaster sp., Spirea x bumalda, Lilac (Syringa), ‘Blue Mist Spirea’ (Caryopteris), Butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii), Honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima), Rose, Elderberry (Sambucus), Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia aquifolium), Buffalo berry (Shepherdia argentia), Woodbine vine/Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)
Flowers & Herbs
Yellow Sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis), White Sweet clover (Melilotus albus), Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), Asters (Asteracea), Catmint (Nepeta), Sage (Salvia), Poppy (Papaver orientale), Allium sp., Lamb’s Ear (Stachys byzantine), Foxtail Lily (Eremurus), Globe thistle (Echinops), Sedum sp., Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia), Lavender, Agastache sp., Rocky Mountain bee plant (Cleome serrulata), Gaillardia aristata, Veronica spicata, Goldenrod (Solidago), Lawn clover (Trifolium hybridum), Hollyhock (Alcea rosea) (single varieties), Penstemon eatonii, Bee balm (Monarda), Milkvetch (Astragalus), Milkweed (Asclepias), Calendula (Calendula) (single varieties), Coneflower (Echinacea), Daisies (Chrysanthemum or Dendranthema), Scabiosa, Gay feather (Liatris), Sunflowers (Helianthus), Vervain (Verbena bonariensis), Wild buckwheat (Eriogonum), Globe mallow (Sphaeralcea), Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’, Borage (Borago officinalis), Mints (Mentha), Winter Savory (Satureja Montana), Basil (Ocimum basilicum), Oregano (Origanum), Marjoram (Origanum), Thyme (Thymus), Rosemary