Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Recycled Bee House
I built my first "nonhoney bee" houses back in 2006 after watching a HGTV show about gardening with kids. One of their projects was a bee house made of bundled bamboo sections. It was geared to orchard mason bees who apparently are mighty powerful native pollinators, even though they are just wee little things.
I went out, cut some of my bamboo, and bundled it together with zip ties. These were placed all about PFHQ and in no time they were all plugged up and occupied.
As it turns out, they are probably being used by leafcutter bees since, as one of my visitors pointed out, orchard mason bees are more of a cool weather critter.
(PF commentators are like waaaay smart)
This winter I made a different style bee house.
It's just a scrap piece of untreated 2x4 with a few holes drilled in it.
I trimmed one end into a roofy lookin' point so the fancy metal roof would fit snugly.
After the holes were drilled, I pounded short sections of bamboo through the block.
Then, an old license tag was bent over the top of the wood and tacked on with a few nails.
Every room in the new Tin Roof Inn is occupied now, and the older bee bundle houses from 2006 are beeing reused with fresh plugs of mud.
I hung this one next to some of the older ones near my blueberry bushes.
I have a bumper blueberry crop slowly ripening while my Kashi Go Lean Crunch anxiously waits their colorful arrival.
Could bee, but I beelieve those bountiful berries just might bee a thank you note from my tenants.