What do you do when you can’t have a bee hive?

I’m talking real bees, not a 60’s hairdo.

You swear a little, then pop down to the nursery and buy a couple of apple trees, that’s what!


This one’s a ballerina apple, which will go in the right hand veggie garden. Ballerina apple trees grow straight up on one stalk, so they can fit into tiny spaces. Very good for the suburbs. This one is “Flamenco”, which is supposed to be a red dessert apple with a bit of a tang. I paired it with a dwarf Granny Smith apple. I was torn between that and a dwarf Pink Lady, (which I knew the kids would prefer), but darn it! I like Granny Smiths!!!!


Look! It has little apples forming!! (Or else it has a horrible mass of tumours all over it. Personally, I’m hoping they’re apples.)

But I’m still a little disappointed about the bees. There’s a teacher at work who owns a husband who’s a beekeeper. He places hives in people’s back yards, does all of the scary hivey stuff and shares the honey. That sounded so good! Imagine how well pollinated my fruit and veggies would be. They’d be exhausted at the end of every day with all of the raunchy pollinating that’d be going on.

However, my backyard apparently has too many neighbours close to the boundaries (stupid neighbours and their stupid units) and my veggie garden is too serious.

By that I mean that if you dig or use compost too near a hive, the bees think there’s an animal trying to dig them out and so they get cross. There’s a portion of the backyard that we don’t use that would have been perfect, but there’s a unit right along that boundary. I know that she’s a mad keen gardener, so perhaps they wouldn’t mind having a bee hive near their back door, but then again I don’t like my chances. David2 might be going along with him when he does some work with the bees one day, just to see if he likes it. If he does, we’ll approach the neighbours and see what they say.

Until then, it will remain one of those wistful “what might have beens”….

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3 Responses to What do you do when you can’t have a bee hive?

  1. Jayne says:

    That’s a shame.
    We’ve been toying with the idea for a few years, mainly for native bees (some are sting-less!) but it seems the happy medium could be to set up a bug house like this one to encourage all manner of insects to do their pollination thing and to get the Ladybirds nomming on aphids ;).

  2. river says:

    Plant some borage to bring bees to your garden. they love the gorgeous blue flowers. They also love the flowers of lemon balm and chamomile, lavender and surprisingly, dill. Dill grows quite tall and had yellow flowers.

  3. libby says:

    make sure you prune your ballerina, we got a crab apple and its rather tall now as i havent done anything to it… its still fairly skinny but it lacks love.we have a few native trees that attrack lots of bees too

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