Bees need help

Kapi-Mana News - - GARDENING -

Gar­den­ers are be­ing urged to do their bit for the threat­ened honey bee with the launch of the Ur­ban Trees for Bees pro­gramme.

The Land­care Re­search and Na­tional Beekeepers’ As­so­ci­a­tion col­lab­o­ra­tion in­cludes tips to make gar­dens more bee-friendly.

Re­searcher Linda New­strom-Lloyd said most herbs have a lot of nec­tar and are well loved by bees, es­pe­cially rose­mary, laven­der and sage.

‘‘The same is true for fruit trees like ap­ples and plums and es­pe­cially cit­rus fruits,’’ she said.

‘‘Na­tive plants for the gar­den, such as New Zealand flax and the cab­bage tree, are also of high value for bees.’’

NBA spokes­woman Mau­reen Maxwell said bees rely on nec­tar and pollen for their food, and with­out it get weak or starve, are less able to re­sist dis­eases and pests and can­not re­pro­duce to build up strong colonies.

The Ur­ban Trees for Bees brochure presents a short­list of bee plants.See nba.org.nz or treesfor­beesnz.org.nz

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