Being Pollinator Friendly

Corymbia ficifolia covered in sugar ants
Corymbia ficifolia covered in sugar ants

Helping pollinators

Planting for pollinators (ABC – Gardening Australia) There’s a quiet army helping me to get the best out of my food plants. They’re the pollinators – the birds, bats, butterflies, blowflies and of course, bees. They’re attracted by flowers and together with the wind, they spread pollen which in turn, produces my fruit and vegetables.

Bee Friendly: A planting guide for European honeybees and Australian native pollinators (AgriFutres Australia) This guide gives ideas and choices of species to bring about improved outcomes for honeybees and the Australian pollen- and nectar- using fauna, including mammals, insects, and birds.

Aussie Bee – How to plant a bee-friendly garden. A backyard garden can become a haven for native bees. It can provide a long-lasting and varied source of the nectar, pollen and building materials that bees need. A well-planned garden can be even better for the bees than natural bushland, where the trees and shrubs may all flower at once and little may be available at other times of the year. Here are some tips to help you plan your Bee-Friendly Garden.

How to make your garden native bee-friendly (CSIRO) – Every effort we can make as communities and individuals to ensure our gardens are native bee-friendly can help species that may be thriving or threatened.

Flowers for bees (Good Life Permaculture) – More and more, it’s becoming important to plant for bees so that we can have reliable pollination for our food crops. In a time where our landscapes are rapidly changing with large monoculture farming practices, forests being clear-felled and the impacts of climate change, we need to counter this with how we garden in the city and out bush. By choosing plants which have good flowers for the bees to eat from, you can provide an abundant and reliable food source for these important little friends.

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