Gardening in Southwest Washington State. Aiming for sustainability, diversity, ecological balance. Learning from tradition, science, experience, and experimentation. Growing fruits, vegetables, trees & flowers, & honeybees. Gardening for peace of mind.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Moving Orchard Mason Bee Houses
Each year I add new houses for the Orchard Mason Bees. They fill up almost all of the holes, so I know they are proliferating. Now to take some to the Battleground place, where there will be lots of trees to pollinate.
One is home made. The other was bought. I should not have kept it so old, they say they should be replaced to reduce disease. Still, they did well and reproduced well last year.
Kitty cat is vaguely curious but only in that "I don't care" cat way.
Packed with bubble pack to avoid rough travel. I think it's OK this time of year. Earlier in the season bumping and shaking is bad for them.
Will install them in a little while. I read, ease or southeast exposures are best. This winter I'll have to make some new bee houses. A bee house is a piece of untreated wood, big enough for 5/16th's inch holes, 6 inches deep. Although these are 4 inches deep. There are many different plans. The bees don't care about the details.