Thursday, May 5, 2011

Thinking Green

Bee and Bees on Etsy
It's that time of year again - gardening time. I can't wait to plant and watch the flowers and veggies grow!  Our gardens need bees to pollinate for production and growth. It's important to invite orchard mason bees into your backyard to do the job. They are safe as they rarely sting. Unlike honeybees, these bees don't make hives but seek shelter in narrow openings, such as the hollows of reeds and holes in trees. You can also make your garden more inviting by creating your own bee house with bamboo reeds.  Bamboo reeds are generally inexpensive and can be found at most home garden centers. Just cut a long piece (1/2"-3/4" in diameter) into several 6" lengths using a sharp saw. Then tie them together with waxed twine and place the bundle between tree branches so that it's sheltered. Your flowers, fruits and veggies will thank you! If you would rather buy one visit you can also support handmade and purchase from shops on Etsy. (I purchased the one above on Etsy)

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Make a solitary bee house

1 comment:

Robin Hartman said...

Great idea! The bee house makes a lovely addition.Looking forward to seeing how your garden looks this summer. Keep us posted with lots of pictures.