Category Archives: Bees

Bald Faced Hornets

Bald Faced Hornets For the first time in 16 years, hornets moved into my garden and built a nest in my pear tree.   I’ve always had wasps, but their nests are tiny, and I can tolerate them as long as they stay out of my way.  I applied the same philosophy to the Bald Faced
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Sunflower Pavilion

Sunflower Pavilion   I got the idea for creating a sunflower pavilion from my sister, Pam.  I thought it seemed like a fun idea so I decided to give it a try. I wasn’t going to grow any vegetables this year anyway, so I had the extra space.  Since I wanted to grow even more
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Mason Bees 2016

Mason Bees 2016   2015 was a great year for mason bee activity.  To begin with I actually built my own mason bee house utilizing a design that I came up with myself.  I thought I needed something that would make it easier to place the tubes inside the house and then remove them later. 
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Harvesting Mason Bee Cocoons for 2015

Harvesting Cocoons for 2015 I was very pleased with the number of cocoons my industrious mason bees created this year.   I started out with 17 viable mason bee cocoons the first year.  From those original 17 mason bees I got 35 cocoons for the next season.  From those thirty five bees I got 150 cocoons
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Mason Bees Spring 2014

Mason Bees Spring 2014   Yesterday, to my delight, I observed a flurry of mason bee activity happening in the mason bee house I put up 13 days ago on the side of the shed near the two plum trees.  It is so gratifying to see that the cocoons I cleaned myself from last year’s
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Mason Bee Post #3

Cleaning the Mason Bees Post #3 Today was the day to clean out the mason bee house, harvest the cocoons, and put them in the little storage container in the fridge after making sure they were clean and mite free.  This was by far the most fun and rewarding part of the mason bee experience
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A Bee Happy Garden

Creating a Bee Happy Garden  A priority for me this year was to grow more plants and flowers that would attract bees to my garden, not only for pollination, but also to provide a safe sanctuary where bees could gather nectar and pollen in an environment that didn’t have any toxins in it.   I think
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Mason Bees Post #2

Mason Bee Post #2 My first year’s experience with mason bees has been very interesting so far.   Within a week or so after I put them outside in their houses, the weather began to get very warm and dry, and before I knew it I was seeing a few bees flying in and out of
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Mason Bees Post #1

Mason Bees The time has come to embark on a new adventure in the garden, and that adventure is… Mason Bees! I’m starting two new projects this year, and this one is the easier of the two.  The other project I am preparing for will be growing medicinal herbs which will require quite a bit
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