About Bellingen Seedsavers

We are a group of like-minded growers of edible and useful heritage plant varieties in the Bellingen area of northeast New South Wales, Australia.

Our climate varies from frost-free coastal areas to inland river valleys and highlands with frosts. Bellingen has an average annual rainfall of 1507ml.

Friday 4 March 2011

Native Bees, Bananas and Fruit Salad Plants

 Jen and Gai's hive contains stingless native bees, Trigona carbonari, which are tiny creatures that do a great job of pollination and don't sting!  Here's a useful site about native bees that has information about ordering them and caring for them once the courier drops them off at your place: http://www.aussiebee.com.au/stinglessbees.html  
The hive nestles under the Icecream Bean Tree. Do you have native bees?

Their bananas thrive on the slope above the house.
The bananas are recently established, and have peanuts growing in the mulch around the base, using seed kindly provided by fellow local seedsaver John.  The peanuts are planted when the soil is warm in late November, and have foliage and flowers that are typical of nitrogen-fixing legumes. 

The Monsteria deliciosa is already fruiting despite its small size. Jen believes it is because of the applied rock minerals. Are you growing fruit salad plants? When do you pick yours?

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