Gardening

Build a beehouse

Bees are essential to food production. Approximately one out of every three mouthfuls of food comes either directly or indirectly from plants that were pollinated by bees. Without bees the world goes hungry. Do your bit to help our bees  by giving them a home.

The species most important and most at risk are the solitary Mason Bees and Bumble Bees.

Why not do your bit to help bumble, mason and carpenter bees survive by providing them with somewhere save to sleep. A bee hotel is perfect for them and the benefit to you is a healthier, better pollinated garden.

Building such a house (or bee hotel if you prefer) is the easiest DIY project you can imagine.

Instructions for making a simple bee house.

To make a bee house you will need

  • one log of seasoned but untreated wood A cube about seven inches square will be perfect.
  • A piece of bark to form a roof This should overlap the sides and front by 1 inch
  • 2 nails to hold the roof in place
  • 1 drill with a 1/4inch boring bit.

wooden block

 

 

Drill holes in your block of wood as shown below

bee house block

 

Cut a piece of bark to size and nail it on as a roof and your beehouse is complete.

bee house

Ok, so now you know what to do, why stop there?  An entire bee hotel is just a matter of a few more holes.

bee hotel

 

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