HOW YOU CAN HELP

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS -

FLOWER POWER

Doug Pur­die, co-founder of The Ur­ban Bee­hive, says the best way to help bees is to plant things that flower. They love any­thing pur­ple or blue.

STOP SPRAY­ING

Pes­ti­cide in ur­ban ar­eas is the sec­ond big­gest threat.

CRE­ATE A BUZZ

Be­cause of our mild win­ters, bees don’t hi­ber­nate (un­less they’re in an area that gets snow) so they need nec­tar year round. Grow a mix of plants so some­thing flow­ers each sea­son, es­pe­cially in late win­ter and early spring when hives are low on honey and nec­tar is scarce.

IN­STALL A BEE B&B

At­tract soli­tary bees to your gar­den with a bee ho­tel. You can make one from a cored brick filled with tubes of bam­boo or an un­treated log with holes drilled into it. Bee ho­tels are also avail­able from gar­den shops and on­line.

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