DIY Mason Bee House

| 1/18/2016 10:22:00 AM

Tags: Attracting Bees to the Garden, Gardening Jones, Jeanne Kunz Hugenbruch, Pennsylvania, Helping Bee Populations,

Gardening JonesDIY Mason Bee House

There a number of good tutorials on the internet on making Mason Bee Houses. In an effort to help our bee population, we decided to give it a go.

What you will need is a wooden frame and anything that either already is hollow, or can be made so.

We used different size bamboo canes, with diameters up to about 1/2 inch. We also used old corn stalks from last summer. They are either hollow already or the bees can easily chew their way in. Pack them in pretty tight.

Consider starting smaller than we did. We underestimated how many canes we would need when we built the frame, so we drilled a few wooden blocks and added a wee bit of whimsy to help fill in the area.

This figurine is of a bird catching a butterfly with a net, a gift from my late mother. So in her honor we set up an old birdbath in her area of the garden and placed the bee house on the basin.

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