Bee Balm for bees

Bee plant: Monarda (bee balm)

Bee balm has become a feature in our garden over the years. It is so easy to grow, and it does not die out even in hard winter. At first, we planted Bee Balm to attract native pollinators, especially butterflies. Bee Balm is reportedly great for tomatoes. I cannot tell the difference, really, since I already plant marigolds to keep pests away and use chicken manure to keep our tomatoes healthy and strong… However, as a beekeeper, I discovered a different and very valuable quality in this plant.

You see, Bee Balm contains Thymol. Thymol oil is not recommended by CNG for use in beehives, and I would not recommend using actual essential oils or anything else, for that matter, in the beehives, which requires you to wear gloves. Yet, in its natural form, I found through my own experiments, it is easy to use just a handful of fresh Bee Balm to keep the mold out of sugar syrup in warmer months. It keeps it fresh for two weeks even in very warm weather!

 

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