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Project by Houtje posted 06-17-2010 at 10:07 AM 2242 views 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A project for the garden.
I posted this one also on Lumberjock.
Thought meaby you like it too.

If you like to have wild bees in your garden than is this the solution.
They like to stay in small holes.
Pick up a piece of old barn wood, drill some holes,put some hollow twigs in it,
a nice roof of old roof gutter and your Bee Hotel is ready!!!
Injoy your it.



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Houtje

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hardiness zone 8

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MsDebbieP

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 06-17-2010 at 10:30 AM

I remember this one .. looks so easy to do and is another piece of art – bees or no bees

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Radicalfarmergal

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 06-17-2010 at 06:42 PM

That looks like a wonderfully comfortable home for an Orchard Mason bee. I think it is beautiful too.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Bon

7374 posts in 2387 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 06-17-2010 at 07:42 PM

What a great idea to keep the bees around.I like your design also.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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coloradogirl

23 posts in 1538 days
hardiness zone 4b

posted 06-17-2010 at 08:15 PM

Do you sell these? If so, I want one for my buzzy friends.

-- coloradogirl---SW Colorado, 7,000' elevation, zone 4,

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Rambler

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hardiness zone 3

posted 06-17-2010 at 08:29 PM

I think it’s great as well, but I am wondering if it may also encourage the wasps or hornets to take up residence?

-- God's greatest rewards on earth...Grandkids and a Garden for Weedin'

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Houtje

26 posts in 1538 days
hardiness zone 8

posted 06-17-2010 at 10:38 PM

Till now no wasps or hornets around.
Some of the bees found it and play me rent to stay for the season. :-)

Coloradogilr
Everything is for sail….
But crossing the ocean is expensive I think….
Beter find a piece of wood…..

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stefang

393 posts in 1586 days
hardiness zone 7

posted 06-19-2010 at 08:54 AM

To bee or not to bee. I’ve never seen one of these before. the fact is we never see any bees around our place. Lots of bumble bees and hornets though. Your hotel looks like a fun thing. Maybe I will give it a try. thanks for the tip.

-- Mike the reluctant gardening assistant of Lillian

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Radicalfarmergal

4296 posts in 1870 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 06-19-2010 at 09:41 AM

If anyone is interested in learning more about or providing/building housing for the Orchard Mason bee on their property, here is a good place to start: link from Washington State University.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Houtje

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hardiness zone 8

posted 06-19-2010 at 10:58 PM

If you want to see beautifull copies of bee hotels
Here is the link
http://www.biodiversiteitsjaar-2010.nl/copyofBijen/NestBijenhot5.htm
It/s in dutch but you can use google translate.
Injoy

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Iris43

3807 posts in 2237 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 06-20-2010 at 05:48 AM

Very interesting. I don’t know if this would work in my garden, but I like the look of it. One more thing that once made would just be there to encourage the bees and look great too.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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redassedape

22 posts in 1579 days
hardiness zone 8b

posted 06-26-2010 at 07:33 PM

Thanks for posting Houtje In this area everyone is having a hard time with tomatoes due to a lack of bees, I’m putting this on the top of the to do list before next spring!

-- -Live your life so the preacher won't have to lie at your funeral!

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davidc61

417 posts in 1641 days
hardiness zone 4

posted 06-27-2010 at 03:07 AM

We get plenty of bees in Australia, unfortunately I think wasps would be just as attracted to it here, but very nice indeed.

-- David, Adelaide South Australia. Every day I wake up breathing is a good day!

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rosewood513

420 posts in 1957 days
hardiness zone 6b

posted 07-25-2010 at 07:51 AM

I love this, I will be making one, we need to be nice to our bees.
Thanks

-- If you always do what you always did, then you will always get what you always got!...Lanoka Harbor, NJ 6b

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Scott Hildenbrand

1690 posts in 2379 days
hardiness zone 6b

posted 07-25-2010 at 09:09 AM

I have bees that have been happily boring into my chicken coop…

Heck, I bought some 2×4’s for some project or another and left one leaning against the wall of the house for a few weeks under the eaves and I’ll be if there wasn’t like 6 holes in it from bees building nests.

There’s even one currently building in the underside of my harvest table beside the garden..

I’m pretty sure it’s the same one I got a picture of on that sunflower a bit back. :p

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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Gone_Tropical

510 posts in 1320 days
hardiness zone 9b

posted 02-04-2011 at 07:09 AM

this is great, it looks very decorative.
I have a question, you say to use hollow twigs? don’t have those, any other suggestion? and actually, why are they needed in the holes?
how deep do you drill the holes?

thank you :)
Evelyn

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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Houtje

26 posts in 1538 days
hardiness zone 8

posted 02-15-2011 at 10:12 AM

Evelyn,
You also can use bamboo sticks. Cut them in the lengths you want.
I drill the holes about 10 cm deep. Some bees like smaller holes than the other thats why there is a twig in a hole.
Hope this info gives you some help

Houtje

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Gone_Tropical

510 posts in 1320 days
hardiness zone 9b

posted 02-15-2011 at 10:28 AM

thank you for the information :-)
10cm, wow, that is pretty deep. the house does not look so deep….

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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justjoel

1062 posts in 1988 days
hardiness zone 7a

posted 03-03-2011 at 02:10 PM

Any tenants yet?

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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Houtje

26 posts in 1538 days
hardiness zone 8

posted 03-06-2011 at 12:22 AM

I had some lost year,look what the are doing this year…

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