Our Busy Bees

The farm at Young’s Greenhouse is home to four honey bee hives and they are buzzing with activity. While these bees will not bother our patrons (they’re actually quite docile) they have a very important job to do. About a third of the food Americans eat is directly or indirectly derived from honeybee pollination. The bees on our farm are vital to pollinating our vast acres of plants, vegetables and fruit trees.

Not only do these bees help our vegetation flourish, they also help produce locally sourced honey and honey products. The honeybee is the only insect that produces food eaten by man. It takes about 556 worker bees and two million flowers to make one pound of honey. This honey sustains the hive during the winter. Luckily for us, these efficient little workers produce two to three times more honey than they need.

The hives are made up of three kinds of bees:

The Queen lays all of the eggs that will spawn the hive. Each hive typically has one queen. If the queen dies, workers will create a new queen by feeding one of the female larvae an exclusive diet of a food called “royal jelly.”

Worker Bees are the bees that you see flying about. These female bees are not sexually developed and are responsible for collecting the pollen and nectar which sustains the rest of the hive. They also build and protect the hive. On average, a worker bee in the summer lives six to eight weeks during which time they have an average honey production of 1/12 of a teaspoon. In their short lifetime, they fly the equivalent of one and a half times the circumference of the earth, so it’s not surprising their most common cause of death is wearing their wings out.

Drone Bees are the male honey bees. Several hundred live in the hive during spring and summer to mate with the queen. However, they are booted when the hive goes into survival mode during winter months.

 

  • This Greenhouse has great service and great workers 🙂

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    Joshua Wessels
    12/06/2020

    A revelation. The best place around in my opinion.

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    Rachel Randall Barker
    5/25/2015

    I've gone back twice this spring already!!! Always have what's on the list and what I didn't know I needed... read more

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    Amanda Lanham
    6/13/2017
  • The best of everything for your gardening needs! Annuals-perennials-shrubs-trees-fruit trees-hostas-flowering bushes-lawn ornaments in metalwork and cement. Glen and Jackie Young... read more

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    Pam Brown
    7/22/2018

    Great family owned business. Plenty of everything you could ask for and more!!! Excellent service. Thank you... read more

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    Daryl S LaMore
    5/22/2014

    Kind of pricey but great product

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    Gloria Jo Roth
    3/30/2018
  • Great family owned business. Plenty of everything you could ask for and more!!! Excellent service. Thank you... read more

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    Daryl S LaMore
    5/22/2014

    Beautiful place in excellent people

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    James Fogg
    3/30/2017

    Best prices in the area, great quality plants. Didn't see one brown leaf anywhere.

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    M
    3/30/2019
  • The best selection of gorgeous, healthy plants. Just love wandering through their greenhouses. Shop local for the best!

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    Lisa Donohue
    6/06/2021

    This place is more than a greenhouse, it's like a trip to a beautiful flower oasis 🌹 one of my... read more

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    Faith Hammond-Emery
    6/27/2019

    I come here every year to get flowers and veggies. Nice quality plants . Nice variety ! They are very... read more

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    Lindsay Crooker-Mazariego
    5/16/2019
  • Amazing selection of potted flowers, vegetable and flower seedings, bushes over 8 extremely large greenhouses. Everything was robust and healthy.... read more

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    Marian Laroche
    5/28/2020

    Excellent customer service!! My mom and I met the owner Glen he was sooooo nice!!!The prices were great and the... read more

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    Laurie Buck
    5/28/2019

    Very nice selection of everything and extremely competitively priced.

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    Kathy Pickett
    5/22/2017