I embarked on more hedgerow/shelter bet planting this year. The bee hives were struggling a bit in late Summer so I decided to start planting more nectary species in hedgerows that will allow bee throughout the property without having to cross empty fields.
I have planted approximately 600 tubes along two drains and in places that needed a windbreak. I found a supplier of milk cartons, which are easier to use than the plastic bag guards and only use 2 stakes. Some of the trees are a bit small and may not get much light initially.
It will be a few years before these trees produce lots of nectar, and perhaps I will need many more than I have planted for the expected number of hives. If only there was a formula ‘numTrees = K x numHives’ to work it out?
The species were selected mainly for Summer flowering times and water tolerance. Some of the eucalypts and the silver wattles will also be useful for timber.
- Acacia dealbata
- A. howittii
- E. kitsonia
- E. viminalis
- E. strezlekii (similar to ovata)
- E. cladocalyx
- E. leucoxolyn
- E. robusta (similar to botryoides)
- Leptospernum lanigerum
- Melaleuca ericifolia
- M. squarosa
- Banksia marginata
- B. spinulosa