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    Help the honeybees when planning your garden!

    Published on 17 January 2013, Thursday, 12:46 AM

    If you're thinking of what plants and trees should go into your new garden DIY project, why not consider planting varieties that can help boost the survival of honeybees?

    The food we eat depends on the honeybees' pollination services and chairman of the Pollination Program R&D Advisory Committee, Gerald Martin, said there's concern for the "wellbeing and survival" of global honeybee populations.

    "65 per cent of agricultural production is reliant on pollination by bees to produce fruit, vegetables and seeds and honeybees are coming under increasing pressure from urbanisation, bushfires, changing agricultural practices and changing land management practises," Mr Martin said.

    "Growing plants that provide food for honeybees can be accomplished at any scale, from a pot of herbs on a balcony to thousands of hectares of revegetation or pastures."

    Mr Martin added that many of these plants are also beneficial to a range of other insects, small mammals and birds that live on pollen and nectar.

    A new guide sharing plants which are good pollen and nectar planting choices is now available, so that people can help make a difference when they are planning small or large scale planting.

    "The guide lists herbs, shrubs, trees and other plants, broken up into suggestions for domestic gardens, streetscapes, urban open spaces, rural environments and stationary beekeeping, and further categorised by type of climate," Mr Martin said.

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    Nathan Mills
    Nathan is a seasoned Kennards Hire team member passionate about empowering DIYers in their projects. He loves everything DIY and brings together years of equipment and project experience to help customers get the right tools for their next job.