Planting a Bee-Friendly Garden – The Bush Bee Man


– Well after my little adventure onto the bee-friendly world
we were trying to create, I thought I’d better do my part on the corner of this little block here and start a bit of a seed bed. So I’ve bought myself some hollyhock seeds and I’ve got some
old-fashioned white clover, but we’re gonna put that somewhere else, and I thought, you
might as well come along for a bit of seed planting
and then you can see our flower bed grow
over the next few weeks, months, years, I don’t know. We’ll see. Anyway, this is our attempt
at making a seed resource, ’cause actually going out and buying a kilo bag of hollyhock seeds, that’ll send you broke real quick, so I bought a couple of little satchels and thought I might be
able to grow my own, but. What was that show? The Castle, I think it was. There was this classic line in there. “Tell ’em you’re dreaming,”
but you know what, sometimes a dream is where it starts. (bees buzzing) (blows raspberry) I think people are gonna
think I’ve lost the plot, aren’t they? (laughs) Planting flowers. And before all you bloody
beekeepers write in and tell me how many
million flowers you need to go a box of bees, I do realize there is an acre of
flowering plants per box per month, so you ended up
about four or five acres of flowers for a box of bees. I do realize that, but just humor me. It’s all good fun. All right, don’t be disheartened, though, if you have a garden and you
see all those statistics. If everybody planted three
or four flowering plants in their garden that
flowered across the seasons, (clicks tongue) well look at that. I don’t know many acres are in a town, but there’s a fair few, so
come along for the journey, and they look pretty too, what’s more. Ow, shit. (sighs) That’ll be the
next thing, won’t it? Poor old thing probably won’t even start. I got this from the father-in-law. He had a garage sale, and the offspring sold all of his cool shit,
and this thing didn’t sell, so I got it. (laughs) That’ll give you some idea of how it went. Broom broom broom broom broom! Nah, I was just thinking
maybe I should try and start it before I get it off. Oh! Help, Mr. Muscles. You might have to come help me. (laughs) Don’t grab it by the blades, though. Thank you. (groans in complaint) I get worn out just thinking about it. Here we go! Oh, that went well, didn’t it? Hang on. I’ll just have to lean it back a bit. Oh god, that’s not gonna happen. (engine whirs)
Oh, we’re off! Woo hoo! (pleasant country music) That’s a little bit of a
slap way to get things ready. So I’ve plowed this up a
couple of times before. This isn’t just a regrowth, so hopefully we’ve got the summer weeds, well, the spring weeds anyway, germinated. Now I figure I’m gonna plant the seeds in a nice row so as that we’ll know what is the seed we want, which
is gonna be the hollyhocks, and maybe some borage, I don’t know, depends how we far go,
and then we’ll be able to come in here and we’ll
actually be able to harvest, but what we’ll do now now is
we weed the rows for a start. When the vision comes into fruition and we’re planting a thousand acres, but we’ll probably just do that with a jolly, what are those things? A combine. How much fun would that be? A thousand acres of hollyhocks, that would make some shit happen. (engine whirs) Oh. (yells) Golly gosh, a bloke’s unfit. (laughs) Oh my goodness me. We’ll just have a bit of a look in here in the seed box that
came from the internet and see whether we can
become flower farmers in our spare time. Not that we really got any
spare time, actually, have we? Phew. God, I’m puffing after
all that excitement. Anyway, I just thought
just a quick shout out to all of you guys out
there that are supporting us and have logged into the
Patreon supporting page or sending us some blimmin’ transfers. It’s awesome to keep
this show on the road. And just as a footnote, we’re not actually spending your money on, well, I’m not even spending it on these seeds. I’m actually, I’m not spending it on the bee equipment or that
mad truck you saw us buy. None of that. We’re actually just trying
to support this show, ’cause I mean, we’ve
had to get a new camera, we had to upgrade the,
what’s that stuff called, the editoring stuff, so we can actually make this show come together
and you can actually download it and watch us. So if you feel so inclined, click over onto the Patreon supporting page. It’s all about keeping the show rolling, ’cause this show is really
chewing into our time a little bit. But heck, we’re loving
bringing you this show and bringing you
information and getting you to talk about bees and how cool it is, and yeah, so we’re trying
to keep it together and we appreciate all you guys
coming along for the ride. (clicks tongue) A dollar here and there goes a long way. $10 goes further, of course. (laughs) Course, the expense of the seeds is relative to the quantity bought. I found these. I think this is like that Aslam, which is like a really cute little carpet. I think they’re actually
going to get planted a little bit at home,
although some of them, so they’re obviously
cheap, ’cause I bought a shit load of them. And then we’ve got some,
what have we got here? I’ve got some. This is what we’re gonna plant here. Some hyssop, which is
supposed to be really good. So I’ve got a few of
them, and some hollyhocks. Hey, I’ve got them mixed together. We’d better make sure we
don’t make them mix up. So we’ve got hyssop and hollyhocks, and as an interesting thing,
I was listening to the, heck, I don’t know call them, but anyway, they’re naturalist folk,
and they were talking about how cool the roots on the hollyhock is, so I don’t know, we might
have hollyhock root soup yet. We’ll see what happens, but. I know it’s not really what we’re trying to achieve here. And we’ve got, what have we got here? We’ve got some borage, which is apparently a really hectic bloomin’ plant, so I don’t know how that’s gonna go. I read after I bought all these seeds, I read that apparently
it’s a little bit invasive, so I might put that down
in the pine nut forest, ’cause that might… I’m not sure it’ll go real
good in the orchard. (laughs) We’ll have a whole orchard full of borage, that could be fun. Oh dear, what else have I got here? (ums loudly) Oh, what’s in this little bag? What have I got in here? Oh, there you are. The joys of late night
shopping on the internet. Ow. I do all this research and I read about which is the good nectar plants and what I’m supposed to be doing and how it’s meant to come together, and then I go and order
it, and then it all turns up in the post and I think, my lord. What am I going to do
with all of this stuff? Anyway, here we are on the side of a hill, digging up plants, or
not digging up plants, planting plants. I haven’t actually
brought any string line, so I thought well this here dripperline, well, watering hose would work, so we’re gonna make two sections. We’re gonna have hyssop at one end and hollyhocks at the other,
or vice versa, I don’t know. We’ll count how many seeds
we’ve got in a minute. I haven’t even opened
up the hollyhock packet to see how blimmin’ small they are. I’ll betcha they’re microscopic and they’ll all end up
in a big mess, but still. (groaning) I don’t know. (laughs) I have a sneaking
suspicion I’m not gonna get a guest appearance on the
Gardening Australia show. That big bearded guy would
probably hail me down, but anyway, I have my own abilities. Maybe gardening is not one of them, but you never know, we
might grow some flowers. I hope we do after all this excitement. (singing) Hallelujah. (laughs) Goodness gracious, Bush Bee Man. That looks like a
reasonably straight line. Then all we now need is a stick. We have to do it in a
line because otherwise when they come up, we won’t
know which bit’s the weed, ’cause the last time I did this last year I just threw them all out in a big heap, and it all come up, and there
was weeds and shit everywhere and I didn’t know what I had, so. Anyway, so I stopped watering them and just didn’t worry about it, ’cause. So that, you’d call that an epic fail, so this is part two. I’m hoping this is just
gonna be a mediocre fail. No, I’m hoping it’s gonna be
a bloody mediocre success, going to extraordinary. So we’re going to need a planting stick. God, there’s a few prickles
here, lad. (laughs) This is gonna be a weed
fest come summer. (laughs) Oh golly gosh. It’s definitely not a market
garden bed, that’s for sure. I’m just wondering how
big these seeds are. Not real big, I don’t think. How am I gonna open that
so I don’t lose them all? So I’ll go on. I might open this one in
the car or out of the wind or something. ‘Cause I don’t know how big the seeds are. I don’t think they’re very big. Now hang on. We might just do a bit
of sorting out here, ’cause we’ve got, how
many seeds in a packet? 35 seeds. Covering, in double flowers,
apparently, it says. In bright mixed colors. It says it’s good for cut flowers, makes an awesome border on the edge of your almond orchard, and it says, “attracts bees and
butterflies,” so there you go. I don’t think it mentions
almond orchards, really. It says, “Could make a good border.” What I need now is a stick. I had a stick here the other day. It’s obviously not in my
pocket, is it? (laughs) Oh, come on. (groans) What do you reckon? Where’s the halfway? I’m thinking about there. About here, where you are. That’ll do. I must find a hat, the
sun’s finally coming out. Do you reckon we’ll see
that line in the sand? That’s an old saying, isn’t it? I’m drawing my line in the sand. And now I figure we’ll go up the tube to get a straight line. Well I’m just using the hose here as some sort of a bit of a straight edge so we can scrape a bit of a line. Then we can plant the seeds in that, and then we’ll cover them
up, and then when we come to weed to them, we’ll
know which is which, ’cause like I said, when
you’re planting around, well I was just slacking,
I just spread them everywhere last time. I didn’t know what was what. It’s all right if you know
what the blimmin’ things look like when they’re
a little plant, but. Anyway, so hopefully
this is a better project. I might make the actual rows
as wide as that rotary hoe and then I could just whip up and down the middle of them with that. Would that be too slack? Nah, it might be a good idea. (upbeat country music) Flowers from the south. I really don’t know what the
hell that is, this stuff. Seeds that grow. Note in list. Well one would hope the
seed would grow. (laughs) I mean, golly gosh. I don’t know, Matt. What are you doing? What am I looking for, John? These ones. There’s a lot of these, but
they’re pretty big seeds, so I don’t know. I reckon they… What does it say? Does it say anything about spacings? Raise seedlings late summer. Late summer and autumn. What? Well that’s not much good,
it’s not late summer. What are you on about? Man, we might be in terrible trouble. You can stake them, too. Bloomin’ heck, I don’t
think that’s gonna happen. Six millimeters, full sun,
moist well-drained soil. 150 to 200 days to flowering. Dead head to promote
more flowering, it says. I’m a bit of a dead head,
but anyway. (laughs) What the hell? Full sun, moist well-drained soils. 200 days it reckons! Hey, get off, you. That’s a long time away! That’ll be blimmin’ January! Well, that might be perfect. I don’t know. What the hell’s the date today? There’s only 30 days in a month! That’ll never, that’ll
not make it! (laughs) Hell, that’s a long time, isn’t it? Man. Anyway, they’re in this
packet here in my hand, so they’re gonna get in the ground. They’re like a three-quarter year plant before you get a flower,
never mind a seed. Jiminy Crickets! It says it’s long flowering. It’s bloody long growing. (laughs) Anyway. Well it reckons we’re
supposed to plant them 40 centimeters apart. That’s a bit of information
that’s really good, but the only problem, I think I’ve started to figure out here we
should’ve planted these in the end of summer. So they’re supposed to
grow through the winter, ’cause 200 days from now, hell, they’ll never even get to the
flowering point, will they? Oh golly. Anyway, we might plant
one packet, what the hell. 200 days. (laughs) What is it now? August. September, November,
October, November, December, January, February, March. 30, 60, 90, 120… That’s insane. (laughs) That means they’ll actually
be trying to flower in the middle of winter. Oh John. That’s a fail. Hang on, we’ll look at the other packet. Ah man. (sighs) See what happens when
you read the directions! Aw. What has this got to say for itself? At least this one says we’re
allowed to plant it in spring, so maybe that’s what we’ll go with, although in warmer climates
it says autumn and winter. Well technically we’re still in winter, so we might be all right with this one. Oh shit! Man! The things that happen, really. It’s not fair on me. What does mister blimmin’
evasive borage reckon? Direct, in spring and summer. Mr. Hollyhock, you might have
to wait for another time. Right, anyway, what are we gonna do now? I think we better do the right thing. They were fairly
expensive, so I don’t think I wanna put them in the ground and they don’t actually
turn into anything. Late summer and autumn. Well we would be nearly in spring, so I’m fairly sure we
missed it, didn’t we? Yep. Right, anyway, back to the
hyssop plantings instead. I will plant this clover, ’cause I bought this really cool old school yellow clover that the bees are supposed to like. Now maybe, what’s that say for itself? Don’t sow too deeply. Firm soil around the seeds. Press down, only soak seeds in, what? Note many seeds, but not all seeds. This is just a general
description, isn’t it? Place seeds on top of good
quality raising seed bed. (laughs) Uh oh. We’re in trouble for that description. Germinate is normally fast
and usually around 10 days. Any time of year except for mid-summer. This time estimate will
naturally not occur if it’s too hot or too cold
or too different or too. Looks a bit like that
jolly thing on the telly when they’re trying to sell you the, I don’t know, what was it
on there the other day? Auto-adjusting glasses,
and up in the top corner of the TV screen it’s got
this big notice going, “Results may vary.” (laughs) I don’t know where that,
I think that’s a big out, isn’t it? Results may vary. What else have I got in this bag? This could get rather interesting. How many seeds are meant
to be in this packet? Plant when between 14 and
16 degrees, or 16 and 22. That’ll do. It’s gonna be somewhere in there. Have a look how small these are! Look how little they are! I’m gonna screw this shit up for sure. This whole blimmin’ ridge might. There’s a lot of seeds in there. How the hell are they gonna do this? So clever. I’m sure this isn’t the recommended dose. God. (laughs) Shit, lad. I’ll never get on Gardening
Australia. (laughs) (upbeat music and whistling) (puffs) Golly gosh, I’d better
spray some weeds, I think. But apparently we’re
trying to grow some weeds. We’re just trying to grow
some professional weeds instead of just this mess by my fueler. Goodness gracious. (laughs) (blows) (laughs) Oh, come on, Mr. Sprinklers. I’m gonna get wet and cold in a minute. Is this microphone waterproof? Maybe you’ll have to do it. (laughs) Brr. I don’t like doing this. Oh, come on, (mumbles). (shivers audibly) Bloody hell. Well, there you have it. You’re at the birth of the
Bush Bee Man flower seed bank. Well, maybe. (laughs) We’ll find out in a month or three. (bees buzzing) Yeah, well that’s
because you don’t garden. – [John] Okay, go for it. – If you watched Gardening Australia, you’d know what I’m talking about. – [John] You don’t watch
Gardening Australia. – Good point, otherwise I
would have brought my line, wouldn’t I? (laughs) – [John] All right. So now what are you doing?

25 thoughts on “Planting a Bee-Friendly Garden – The Bush Bee Man

  1. I've been advocating planting to cover dearth periods for a while, and would encourage anyone to check what periods in their own locality the bees struggle, and plant principally to cover that time.
    If those plants provide edible resources for you and your family, so much the better!
    Neatly trimmed lawns are a desert for bees – just imagine if they were all clover meadows instead, and only cut after the flowers have gone?

  2. I almost fell over when I saw your tiller. I have one similar to that design that was my grandfathers that I still use and I'm 63. Pull the wheels up and it's easier to guide through the tilled earth. In the USA if you order seeds from overseas they get irradiated before they are allowed in the country which kills the seeds.

  3. I just wanna thank, personally, Rode for those microphones… I know they sponsor episodes. Just amazing when a product lives up to the hype behind it.

  4. Last time we grew Hollyhocks they reached 7ft. Bloody brilliant plant. The local garden club photographer came round and went nuts with his camera. Pissed our neighbour off no end as he was a member of long standing and his garden was never photographed. Funny story, I dumped a trailer load of horse sh*t on his front lawn and he came running down the side of his house ready to give me both barrels until his nostrils told him to settle down, lmao!!

    Cheers lads

  5. You can plant some melons. The weather is less, the rain is a few , the temperature difference is big, and the melons will be very sweet.

  6. Nice shiner Mark 😂 pasture genetics pollinator blend for $150 25kg for cover cropping it has vetch radish hybrids and clovers designed for better soil health and biodiversity, plant in autumn for spring flowering

  7. Anything in the mint family is good, borage bees love the blue flowers and the nectar cup refills in a minute or so very helpful plant, I have borage white and blue in my arboretum

  8. Hi BBM we have been planting flowering plants for a while now that are supposed to attract bees ect , bought another bottle brush yesterday and some more lavender now there is a plant the bees love i counted around 16 on the lavender in bunnings that was flowering had to be carefull which one you picked up , i live in the burbs so depends on what is in peoples gardens but we do have some huge flowering gums near by have you thought about companion planting in your orchards anyway we will wait and see .

  9. Bees absolutely love borrige, it is a little invasive but is easy to control, you cant go wrong with it, it flowers for an extended period and is always covered with bees. Hollyhocks have large flowers and I would imagine be a good pollen provider and the centers of the flowers seem wet with nectar, great idea so long as you are pretty drought proof.

  10. Holyhocks are tall about the same height as a sunflower, plant them to the south or they will shade out the ground cover plants like borrige

  11. Oh BBM, Did you steal something from the wife and she caught you?   that right eye looks very sore! Why not plant a couple of seeds of Holyoake in a pot plant so you can see if it matters for 200 days LOL Nothing ventured nothing gained.

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