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Bees - native and honey

Until I sold my home and garden recently, I owned two native bee hives of Tetragonula carbonaria and a top bar honey bee hive.

While I'm am so far from expert at bee keeping it's not funny I do love to learn more about bees and the benefits they provide us.

When I was a child at primary school we had our own honey-bee hive and the local bee keeper would come by regularly and we would all gather around while he showed us how to look after them and gather the honey.

We have members on BLF who are very into bees, both native and honey and I hope they will share their knowledge here. I got a little frustrated trying to find past postings so thought one spot for it all would be better.

I find a lot of articles about bees and will post them here, nice and tidy in one spot, making them easier to find.


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Comment by Lissa on October 24, 2016 at 5:15

My Top Bar honey hive is for sale folks. Anyone interested please PM me. 

Comment by Dianne Caswell on October 23, 2016 at 18:45

I have very happy Native Bees at the moment, the Rocket is flowering like there is no tomorrow. I was going to cut it back but there were so many bees enjoying themselves in amongst it as well as with the Alyssum, Lobelia and Broccoli Flowers.

Comment by Susanne on October 23, 2016 at 18:10
I never heard it put like that before, thanks Elaine.
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on October 23, 2016 at 11:14

The greens which are Lettuce-related are daisy family and are wind-pollinated without any nectar so not attractive to any kind of bee. The greens which are Cabbage-related (rocket, broccoli, asian greens e.g.) will flower with those lovely yellow flowers much loved by the ANBees.

Comment by Christa on October 23, 2016 at 9:47

Thanks Stevo, we do live on a suburban block just under 1/4 acre. The block next door has been sold and their backyard completely stripped of trees and shrubs etc. and looks a nice mess.  It should be replaced by 2 large buildings.  So I will have to make sure that I have enough for my native bees.  At the moment we have young fruit trees in wicking bins and some fruit trees in the ground.  There is an old callistemon and neighbouring duranta within reach.  By honey myrtle do you mean Melaleuca armillaris, and I will try and grow a Grevillea Moonlight if I can get one. My last rosemary died in a wicking pot, it was too wet.  

Even though we don't eat greens (medical reasons) I might grow some and let it go to seed.  Thanks for help you have given me some ideas. 

Comment by Stevo on October 22, 2016 at 17:01

Hi Christa, Do you live on a suburban block? I'm sure there'd be plenty of supplies for them in your neighbours yards. You can keep an eye on the health of the hive by the amount of activity and also the weight. If you know the weight of the empty box and weigh the total every now and then. Here's a page I have on plants for bees...

here's a quote from the page "Abelia, Butterfly Bush, Bottlebrush – Callistemon, Gum Blossom, Spider Flower, Lavender, Tea Tree, Honey Myrtle, Rosemary, Daisies, Grevilleas, Salvias, Roses, Duranti

If you have a vegie garden you can let the plants go to flower. Bees like things like Shallot flowers, Tomato flowers, Macadamias, Mangos, Watermelons, Lychees, Strawberries, Citrus, Avocados"

Comment by Christa on October 22, 2016 at 9:23

Hi Stevo,  looking for a year round list of plants mainly for food source for stingless native bees T.carbonaria, I have Tim's book and it is great reading and I notice that the bees travel up to 500m for food source.  As I do not grow grevilea, green mustards, green leaf veggies etc, are plants like large Abelia, macadamia, plenty of salvia, enough for food plants. Hate to think the little blighters go hungry.  They are hard to follow around the garden.  

Comment by Stevo on October 21, 2016 at 21:55

PS. if anyone wants the Tim Heard book, or Native Bee Ag Guide, I have some I can pass on at cost price and bring to Garden visits, or pick up from my place (avoid that evil postage cost)

Comment by Stevo on October 21, 2016 at 21:43

Hi Susanne, yeap it looks pretty good and has more info about Solitary Bees than other books which are mainly aimed at Stingless Bees. Ofcourse it has shares a bit of info with the Tim Heard book as he had some input in to the new Ag Guide, but it has input from all different experts in the field about a lot of different things so I think it makes for a great book to have for us crazy native bee people. 

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on October 21, 2016 at 19:44

I have the Tim Heard one as well.  Got it from a book shop in Eumundi. 


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