The average Kiwi can’t do much to combat bee-related diseases like the varroa mite but together we can help improve the health of bee colonies to minimise the impact.
Kleinpaste says selecting a range of plants to offer flowers through the seasons is a good step forward.
He’s planted out his own garden with the winter-flowering shrub dombeya.
‘‘It’s covered in bees, wasps and flies. They go crazy for it,’’ he says.
September is Bee Month and NZ Gardener has launched the Plan Bee campaign to get neighbourhoods buzzing. Here are a few things you can do in your street to help our precious pollinators thrive and survive.
Every issue of the September NZ Gardener comes with a pack of wildflower seeds. Scatter them in a weed-free patch of your section and you’ll create a pretty, meadow-like patch as well as providing a food source for bees.
Encourage your neighbours on Neighbourly.co.nz to band together and help your community’s bee colonies. The more you plant, the more they have to eat.
Even if you don’t have much outside space, the smallest window box or balcony container can boost the supply of bee-friendly plants in your neighbourhood. Thyme, basil, rosemary, peppermint, lavender and lemon balm are excellent bee-friendly herbs for small plots.
Bees need fresh water too. Fill a