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Questions about gardening for bees


#1

Hello all

I apologize in advance if this is a silly questions.

Where would be the best place to discuss “gardening issues”, related to bee foraging of course?

Thank you very much for your help!
Marc


#2

“Beekeeping basics” category would be a good place to start, just ask away. Unless you have several acres that you plan to plant out for bees I think you’ll find that your bees will mostly be heading off elsewhere. But there’s lots you do if you are prepared to research it.


#3

Here is an example of one topic on plants / forage for bees:

You can do a search in the top right hand corner of the screen. Here are a couple of examples:
https://forum.honeyflow.com/search?q=forage

https://forum.honeyflow.com/search?q=plant


#4

Hi @MarcBee

I’ve been asking questions along the same theme. There is a lot of info out there, but I was looking for more localised info. I headed to my local council and they had a list of local native plants (about 40 pages) that I took and cross matched with a few different Australian native plant lists suitable for bee, butterflies etc. I now have a spreadsheet, including a flowering calendar of 74 native plants, 24 of which are specifically for bees that I’ll be using on my 15ha property (re-vegetation).

The Bellingen Council have some resources, as does the local land care group. As much as I love traditional urban gardens (the wife is desperate for a rose garden for example), I really wanted to keep our property not only native but suited to the area hence drawing on the local plants first.

http://www.bellingen.nsw.gov.au/environment-waste/biodiversity


#5

Have you tried this website, The Atlas of Living Australia yet?
https://www.ala.org.au/


#6

Great site! I’ve not used it that much, records are not that extensive in my area.


#7

Thank you all very nuch for the very useful answers!
I am trying to set up my garden so that there is a lot for the bees, over a long period of time.
Thanks again!