Why keep native stingless bees?

Tim Heard

stingless beeI promote the keeping of native stingless bees by everyone. Anyone who lives in a suitable climate can do it. A suitable climate consists of most of NSW north of Sydney, all of Qld, NT and WA north of about Port Hedland.

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Attracting Native Birds To Your Garden

scarlet honeyeater 1 20120916 1636073646The Moreton Bay region has some of the most attractive native birds living within.  If you would like to get a little closer to them, all you need to encourage them to live in your garden is simply to provide food, shelter and fresh water and the birds will do the rest for you!

The food and shelter  for birds means having a variety of heights and various growth densities (trees, shrubs, grasses and groundcovers) planted close together in your garden.  These plants will produce flowers for nectar feeding birds, seeds and fruit for other birds and insects will come along too which will attract insect feeding birds.  The different heights and densities provide protection, peep holes and screens for nests at various levels.

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Jerry Coleby-Williams

Global food security is now under threat, and even unconfident gardeners must step forward to feed a growing population.

Humanity is on a planetary resources roller coaster. Right now our carriage is rising to the highest point and it’s slowing down just before the peak. The breeze is ruffling our hair, adrenaline pumps and our palms sweat as we await the unexpected twists and turns. We know what’s about to happen because we all follow the news. The carriage has started accelerating downhill, but all rides start gradually – at first.

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Organic Gardeners and Pest Control

Organic gardeners’ have a philosophical attitude to ‘acceptable damage’ in a garden. We understand that living involves getting a few knocks and bruises. We also work with nature, but ‘nature’ can be fickle – especially when it’s hungry!

We each have to decide for ourselves when to intervene by spraying because ‘acceptable’ damage is highly subjective.

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Sow Pigeon Peas for Native Bees

Pigeon peas are a 21st century crop. Last spring I decided to grow my own dal. Protein-rich split peas are the main ingredient, also added to soups and stews, and these are dried pigeon pea seed, Cajanus cajan.
Pigeon peas are as useful as maize, but have a far smaller ecological footprint, and are easier, but slower, to grow. They're a universal food, but India grows 80% of the global harvest.

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