Kathleen Sanderson wrote:
My beekeeper ex-husband says it's not good to have dandelions blooming under your apple trees at the same time that the apples are blooming, because the bees prefer the dandelion blossoms. This affects both the pollination of the apple trees and the quality of the honey you get (beekeepers like to be able to advertise pure apple-blossom honey).
honey bees are good for honey, not very good for pollination. there are a great many wild pollinators that do a vastly superior job. they'll visit the dandelions and any other flower around. granted, it may seem easier to guarantee a sizable population of honeybees than their wild counterparts, but unless I was running a giant orchard that didn't have suitable habitat for other pollinating critters, I wouldn't worry too much about dandelions under the apple trees.
did your ex-husband contract with commercial orchards?
asmileisthenewak47 wrote:have you heard of the no till method [where] they hit the cover crop with the roller and plant a bit late in the season, when the rye or vetch is in bloom...they were getting conventional midwest corn yields, organically in upstate new york!
Rabbits will not kill the grass, but they will weaken it a great deal, leaving it about 0.1 inches tall. Perhaps chickens could finish off the grass?
paul wheaton wrote:
I think the big challenge is: what goes in packet 1? My first thought was field peas planted in erly spring. Big seeds; don't germinate well on top of grass; and die around the end of june (end of may would be better).
Any other suggestions?