Real World Gardener Native Bees are on Living Planet

May 12th, 2013

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney,
streaming live at and Across Australia on the Community Radio
The complete CRN
edition of RWG is available on , just click on 2RRR to find this week’s edition.
The new theme is sung by Harry Hughes from his album
Songs of the Garden. You can hear samples of the album from the website

Living Planet

with Manager, Urban Ecology, Katie Oxenham
Ever thought of keeping a beehive?

Maybe some listeners do just that.

Did you know that commercial honey
bees (Apis mellifera) are not native to Australia. They were introduced from
Europe in about 1822.
I bet you didn’t know that Australia
has over 1,500 species of “true Blue” Aussie native bees, some of which don’t
Let’s find out if keeping native
bees is for you….
You can buy a box of native
stingless bees to put into your backyard. Native bees are great for gardeners
or nature lovers. They’ll help pollinate your plants-well of course but best of
all they’re stingless.
Stingless bees are only for the
warmer parts of Australia that includes all across the top end and down to the
coastal areas of NSW around Bega.
If you’re in other states listening
to this you’ll have to give your stingless hive artificial support in the form
of heat.
Find out more at

If you keep bees, any bees, not just
native bees, drop us a line, send in a photo,. to or by post to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville
NSW 1675, or post them on Real World
Gardeners facebook page, and I’ll post a CD or some seeds, in return.

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