Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


The Feel-good Factor Of Bringing The Bees Back

How welcoming bee numbers back to our gardens with organic fertilisers can also benefit our health and wellbeing.

It’s spring. And isn’t it nice to see flowers in the garden again. But there’s so much more to enjoy than just the visual delights a splash of colour delivers in gardens and the surrounding parks.

With the sweet-smelling and brightly-coloured blossoms come the bees. And right now, our bee populations need more help than ever to maintain their numbers and support the natural balance of our eco-system. Our bee populations are in danger of the ‘Three P’s’ - pesticides, parasites and poor nutrition.

But us clever humans can make all make a big difference to bee-health by switching to organic gardening methods and returning our soil’s natural micro-nutrient balance with organic fertilisers such as Swift Grow.

Joseph Ayoub, a Genetic and Molecular Biologist who developed Swift Grow explains; “Synthetic fertilisers don’t contain the beneficial bacteria bees use to protect themselves and their colony from pathogens. In fact, when you use synthetic fertilisers on your plants, you’re actually killing the beneficial bacteria in the soil, and the bees are suffering for it. When you apply an organic fertiliser like Swift Grow, bees can tell the difference and will be attracted to these flowers, which in turn will protect the colony.”

Improved soil health will not only benefit the introduced species of bees which include honeybees and bumble bees, it will also benefit the 25 or so species of native bees we have here in New Zealand. These bees don’t live in colonies like honeybees do, however they are active pollinators, ensuring the healthy lifecycle of New Zealand plant life that supports all manner of other species.

Using organic fertilisers such as Swift Grow to return stressed soil to natural levels is not a one-way street. The increased activity of bees collecting pollen is incredibly beneficial to us, as the pollen they collect is an incredible dietary powerhouse of micronutrients.

Every microscopic grain of pollen contains an amazing array of micronutrients our bodies use to function at their best. Pollen has been used around the world for thousands of years to support wellbeing, energy levels and our body’s immune systems. Nature Bee Power Pollen takes this all-natural product to the next level, by cracking open the tough outer shell of pollen grains to make it easier for our bodies to absorb. And with more energy we can get more out of our busy lives, including time the garden to make it a welcoming place for bees to visit.

Bringing the bees back to our garden has a proven feel-good factor.


Swift Grow is an all-natural organic fertiliser made from the waste products of organic barramundi farming. To learn more about Swift Grow click here.

Power Pollen is just one of the many bee-related products available from Nature Bee. To learn more about Nature Bee Power Pollen and its benefits click here.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why New Zealand Needs To Change Its Defence Habits

In a flashback to the military displays of days gone by, one of our frigates recently joined a Carrier Strike show of force in the South China Sea, en route to a joint military exercise in Singapore with our traditional allies, called BersamaGold21. Reportedly, Anna Powles, from the Centre of Defence and Security Studies at Massey University felt this to be a case of us doing our bit to uphold international law, and the right of free transit through the region in question... More>>

Government: New COVID-19 Protection Framework Delivers Greater Freedoms For Vaccinated New Zealanders

Vaccinated New Zealanders will regain everyday freedoms when the country moves to a new simplified COVID-19 Protection Framework that doesn’t rely on nationwide lockdowns as the main measure to stop the virus spreading. In a suite of announcements that establish a pathway out of restrictions the Government is also providing up to $940 million per fortnight to support businesses through the challenging period... More>>



Government: Responds To Independent Review Into WorkSafe

The Government has clear expectations that WorkSafe must action the recommendations of the independent review into the regulator to improve its management of adventure activities following the tragedy at Whakaari White Island, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood says... More>>

Government: New Zealand Secures Historic Free Trade Deal With The United Kingdom
New Zealand and the United Kingdom have agreed in principle the details of a historic Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which will further accelerate our COVID-19 economic recovery say Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor... More>>


Ombudsman: Launches Investigation Into MIQ Booking System
The Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier is launching a broad investigation into the Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) booking system after receiving hundreds of complaints... More>>


Pay Cheque To Pay Cheque: Half A Million New Zealanders Have No Savings
New findings from the Consumer NZ sentiment tracker found that 15% of New Zealanders had no savings, and a further 27% were anxious about their level of savings and would like to have more tucked away... More>>

Government: Mandatory Vaccination For Two Workforces

Large parts of two workforces critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 will be required to be vaccinated, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Our education and health and disability workforces have done an incredible job throughout this pandemic to keep themselves and people safe,” Chris Hipkins said.... More>>

Green Party: Deeply Concerned Space Launches May Be Breaching Nuclear-free Laws

The Green Party is deeply concerned that space launches by Rocket Lab may be breaching nuclear-free laws, given our long-standing position as a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty... More>>




InfoPages News Channels