Country Lore: Bees Increase Fruit Yield

Keep bees and be pleasantly surprised at your bigger and better fruit harvests!
June/July 2006
http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/bees-increase-fruit-yield-zmaz06jjzsto.aspx
Keeping bees not only gives you sweet honey, but these buzzing beneficials will pollinate your fruit trees and crops.


PHOTO: FOTOLIA/AL KAN

We have a small farm in south-central Kansas that has a variety of fruit trees. Two years ago, I took a beekeeping class and moved some hives to the farm for pollination and for the honey. The following year, we had an abundance of apples, and their size had nearly doubled!

I also built an observation beehive that hangs on the outside of the sun porch, where in the morning I drink coffee and watch the bees working. My grandchildren like to try to find the queen bee.

Roy Holder
Cheney, Kansas