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.

 

  • Amazing plants. Amazing service. We buy wholesale to fill our two (small) greenhouses... our customers RAVE about the quality!!!

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    Jessica Hill Nichols
    7/29/2017

    great selection,friendly helpful staff

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    Cathy Stevenson
    4/09/2020

    Very impressive. I want to go back and visit/ shop again.

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    Bert Robbins
    5/25/2020
  • Absolutely the best!!! And everyone is So very helpful and courteous!!! Katie Heino Pomerleau

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    Catherine Pomerleau
    5/12/2017

    We got a great deal and our flower box is beautiful 🙂

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    Naomi Joy Francis
    6/27/2017

    Beautiful place and great prices!!! Will recommend to others to come check it out!

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    Heidi Strout
    5/29/2017
  • Family run business every one very helpful plants and related first rate ! Ed D Riley

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    Edward Riley
    5/12/2017

    Everything.... Absolutely everything.... Beautiful flowers and plants.... Staff is always kind & helpful..... My favorite place during the summer 🌸

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    Lou Ann
    4/19/2020

    This is my go-to greenhouse every spring for both flowers and vegetables. The stock is very healthy, the service... read more

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    Rita LeBlanc Durgin
    5/30/2015
  • Huge selection, high quality and healthy.

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    Scott Young
    6/07/2020

    Go every time I need or want something. Friendly and very knowledgeable.

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    Tina Hayes
    5/19/2017

    Love the plants & the staff is very friendly & helpful.

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    Kelly Connolly Strout
    4/27/2019
  • 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

    Beautiful, full, healthy plants. Great friendly atmosphere!

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    Phil Richardson
    4/27/2014

    Thanks so much for giving my son all the plants for his salsa garden for his senior project. Its all... read more

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    Karen Gilbert
    5/30/2015