DIY Mason Bee House

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

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.

3/9/2020 4:55:04 PM

I had a similar setup a couple years ago, and because I couldn't remove and clean the cocoons, I noticed that many of the mason bees I saw around the garden were covered with mites. This year I'm using cardboard tubes in hope that I'll be able to remove and clean the cocoons properly to improve bee health the following year. Here's a writeup on the first few DIY bee houses I've started this season:
5/15/2018 7:57:58 PM

I used the plans at WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG to build my own mason bee house – I highly recommend you visit that website and check their plans out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha Go to WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG if you want some additional plans :)

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