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Successful planting

Before embarking on a planting programme on your farm for any purpose, including bees, you need to be aware of a number of factors.

Factors to consider are:

  • Site and climate
  • Space available for planting
  • Time, money and labour available
  • Best time of year for planting
  • Weediness of candidate plants
  • Toxicity of candidate plants to animals
  • Pests, such as goats, opossums and hares
  • How the plants fit in with existing land use

Key tasks for planting are:

  • Preparing a planting plan
  • Sourcing plants
  • Preparing the site
    • Weed control
    • Soil cultivation
  • Installing fencing/tree guards
  • Controlling pests
  • Irrigating as needed
  • Planning long term maintenance