Beneficial plants & insects

Growing plants that are indigenous to your area will help attract native bees.

Encouraging native bees

Thu, 06/01/2022 - 9:27am

If you follow these basic principles in your garden, native bees and other beneficial insects will know they’re welcome, writes Karen Sutherland.

Teddy bear bee (Amegilla bombiformis)

Bring in the bees

Wed, 15/12/2021 - 11:16am

There's heaps to do in the summer garden, including encouraging bees to visit and stay. Our horticultural experts have some tips to help you take care of these precious pollinators.

Hairy flower wasps are pollinators and parasites of beetle grubs.

Encouraging good wasps in your garden

Wed, 15/09/2021 - 12:44pm

Despite their fearsome reputations, wasps, with a few exceptions, are pollinators and can help keep pests away. Denis Crawford takes a closer look at some of the goodies.

Honey bee on yellow mustard flower

Bee friendly planting

Mon, 12/04/2021 - 2:46pm

Planting flowers that honey bees love is a win-win, writes Penny Woodward – they get pollen and you get a healthy harvest! Here's Penny's suggestions, which will tempt bees into your garden.

Native stingless bees

Get the native bee buzz

Wed, 29/07/2020 - 2:25pm

Denis Crawford explores the world of native bees and how we can help provide food for them. A good starting point is to see what you can plant in your garden that will attract them to your patch...

Banded sugar ant

Ants - friend or foes

Wed, 13/02/2019 - 9:48am

Ants are part of life in Australia, says Denis Crawford, and are very important in the environment.

Australian spiders

Spiders are special

Fri, 13/07/2018 - 5:22pm

Look after your spiders says Penny Woodward, the vast majority are harmless and all are beneficial.

Natural honeycomb showing brood, pollen and capped honey

All abuzz

Wed, 26/04/2017 - 3:20pm

Kirsten Bradley shares her sweet secrets of success for keeping bees.

Paralysis tick

Itchy and scratchy

Wed, 02/11/2016 - 2:28pm

'Tis the season for mozzies and ticks. Try these helpful plants to take the sting out of their bite, writes PENNY WOODWARD.