a pollinator-friendly garden with year-round flowering plants
How to create a Pollinator Friendly Garden with our planting guides.
The Urban Planting Calendar for the ACT has been produced by ACT for Bees and the ACT Government to implement strategic planting to support bees and other beneficial insects and birds with a diverse range of foraging opportunities across the city and wider landscape.
For more information and resources on ‘Planting for Pollinators in Urban Design, download the Urban Planting Calendar here.
Neonicotinoids (aka neonics) are one of the most common pesticides used in agriculture and are also used extensively by home and garden centres. Unbeknownst to consumers, many “bee-friendly” garden plants have been pre-treated with these bee-killing pesticides. Exposure to neonics can kill bees directly and also makes them more susceptible to other impacts like pests, diseases, loss of habitat and a changing climate.Neonicotinoids make up about 30 per cent of the global pesticide market. Plants grown from neonicotinoid-treated seed have the pesticide in all their tissues, including the nectar and pollen.
“One of the biggest differences that is seen time and time again across all research between organic and conventional farming practices is the effect on the land. Organic farming works to increase sustainability, biodiversity and to encourage good soil and air quality. This is maintained by natural growing practices, the avoidance of harmful chemicals, and the continued practice of crop rotation and other natural farming methods.” Fresh Connect
Anna Lappé explains why sustainable methods of farming, as opposed to industrial farming, are necessary to feed the growing world population long-term.