Flora and Fauna ...
Our geographical area, the Prairie Parkland/Temperate Province, in regards to beekeeping, creates some really wonderful honey, inspite of it's unique challenges (weather changes, for one).
This is by no means a complete listing of all the plantings that bees choose to visit throughout our growing seasons, and although beekeeping will not make you an entomologist, master gardner, or a meteorologist, you will gain more knowledge and be more aware of critters, plants and the weather changes in your environment ...
Continental climate with cold winters and hot summers.
Moderate amounts of precipitation that occurs mainly during growing season.
Mainly plains with areas of low hills, intermingled with dry and moist prairies, and deciduous trees found near water sources, with oak and hickory in abundance, as well as cottonwood and elm.
Prairies consisting of medium height grasses: Big and little bluestem, switchgrass, and Indian grass. (These areas are much smaller due to farming and encroaching forests)
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part of the Great Plains!
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Queen Ann's Lace
Red Prairie Coneflower
Purple Prairie Clover
New Jersey Tea
Prairie Parkland Province
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