The bees knees of our ecosystem

from The Mitchelton & Districts Garden Club

Nadine Shaw is the guest speaker at the scheduled meeting of the Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club on Thursday, 7th May (*subject to change) . She will be talking about the important role bees play in our ecosystem. 

The guest speaker is a long-time beekeeper and honey producer as well as an accomplished  product, lifestyle and food photographer. Her love of gardens and growing her own fruit and vegetables led her to Northey Street in the mid 1990’s where she studied Permaculture Design. This is also where her awareness of bees began to grow.  She started with native stingless bees and fell madly in love – one hive quickly became two.  She joined the Northside Beekeeping Association and over time with solid mentoring and new found wisdom she became a knowledgeable apiarist running up to 24 honeybee hives.

Nadine is an advocate for the important role bees play in our ecosystem and teaches their vulnerabilities in our modern world.  She shares her joy of beekeeping and teaches a little of their world to you – as our survival, depends on theirs.

This month (April) is a time to observe and remedy anything that’s going wrong in our gardens.  Keep an eye on Hibiscus.   Look for aphids and mites on new growth.  Each day pick up and dispose of spent blooms to minimise the effects of the hibiscus beetle.  Look for swelling or lumps on citrus tree branches.  This could indicate gall wasp attack, in which case the offending branch should be removed before the wasp eggs hatch.  Put the cuttings in the garbage bin.  Lawns will need attention too, for fungus attack such as dollar spot, lawn grubs and and weed seeds.   Towards the end of the month spring flowering bulbs should be planted.

The meeting commences after morning tea which is served at 9.45 a.m.  Visitors and new members are most welcome.  The hall is close to public transport and accessible by wheel chair. 

For more information please phone Pat, the president, on 3356 1256

Please note this meeting maybe subject to postponement due to the COVID-19 crisis. Bees, Ecosystem, 

 

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