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Project by justjoel posted 02-07-2011 10:39 AM 3387 views 0 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First item on my pre-spring, to-do list is complete. If the bees and other pollinators don’t show, then all my other work with be for naught, eh? Made this out of re-claimed lumber and scraps. All the how-to instructions I read said not to use “treated lumber,” hope the painted surface doesn’t count.

For discount reservations, go to Priceline.com, (happy Masons only, please).

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



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posted 02-07-2011 10:51 AM

well it’s an inviting motel… looks like you’d get good service there – lots of good restaurants nearby, the scenery is beautiful… yah, looks like a good place to visit!

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

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Gone_Tropical

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posted 02-07-2011 02:51 PM

that’s a very good looking Bee Hotel…. 5 stars, yes? ;)
how deep and wide are the holes, please?

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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posted 02-07-2011 03:01 PM

Well, I suppose calling it a hotel or a motel is a bit of a misnomer, as we hope to get permanent residents – so maybe a Bee “Condo” is more fitting. I used a 5/16 drill bit and sunk the holes to about 3 ¼ inches – I read that you should go at least 3 ½ – 4 inches, but as I used 2×4s, could only go that deep before drilling all the way through. Don’t think my lumber choice was the best – but we’ll see. For those that want it metric, read that the bit should be 7 or 8 mm, and the hole depth at 100mm.

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

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posted 02-07-2011 04:09 PM

Bee Condo, very fitting :)
thanks for the numbers … next question, you do not stick straws or hollow twigs in? Not that I ever found out why some say this would be necessary?

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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posted 02-07-2011 04:24 PM

Most of the DIY plans I saw online used hollow twigs and sticks in bundles, rather than drilling holes in wood (I didn’t have any of those on hand). That way is likely much more natural for the bees, but they have been known, too, to take over holes pecked out of stumps and such by woodpeckers and the like. The straw thing you’ve heard likely comes from hearing about people who have purchased bees (they come in straws) to fill the condos with, which I’ve heard you can do (though haven’t really searched for nor come across any sources for them). I have the patience to see if I can get to fill naturally (or is it that I feel silly about buying bees in straws?).

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

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posted 02-07-2011 05:01 PM

A forum topic post by (top-hat donned, Tomato-faced) Bob from nearly two years ago, titled “silence of the bees,” and a project post over 7 months ago by kitty-faced Houtje, titled (that copycat) “Bee Hotel,” are what got me started on this (Thanks for the inspiration and information!). Houtje’s hotel is much more artistic and much nicer than mine (not bee’ing humble, I really think so), but this first one I made fits in with its location. I hope to make at least one more, using the hollow twigs this time.

Also, in recent news…
http://beginningfarmers.org/u-s-farmers-create-new-habitat-for-bees/

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

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posted 02-07-2011 09:43 PM

or is it that I feel silly about buying bees in straws?

ROFL…. first thing coming to my mind was using the straw for what it was intended (like coke) .... I bet the bee wouldn’t be to happy ;)

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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posted 02-07-2011 09:47 PM

I never (!!) found a hollow twig. as ‘twig’ I understand a thin little thing, how can that be hollow? actually, I look at oak branches fallen during hurricane season and they are not even hollow. I never found a hollow branch. ever.

so, where do I get my hands on hollow stuff? .... I am thinking, I will just drill holes and do like you, ‘if I build it, they will come’ ... next thought, do we have mason bees in FL? I bet not ACK!

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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posted 02-08-2011 03:48 AM

reeds are hollow, I do believe

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

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jroot

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posted 02-08-2011 07:31 AM

Great idea. I wager you got a lot of help from your young assistant as well.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Bon

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posted 02-08-2011 08:17 AM

Cute bee condo.Good luck with it.I hope you get lots of bees.

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

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posted 02-08-2011 10:16 AM

My little assistant, Sofie, and I were cleaning up in the garage after I hung the Condo, and Mom comes out ranting, “Jonas tells me you built a bee hive? I don’t like bees…” I explain to her again about the difference between Mason Bees and Honey Bees, and how I’ve put the Condo away from the house, etc… When she goes back in the house I look at Sofie and, with as impassive of a face as I can muster, I shrug my shoulders a little. Sofie (who is 4 1/2) returns the shrug and says, “I don’t know what her problem is.” Yes, I lost it, had to turn away.

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

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posted 02-08-2011 10:21 AM

that’s funny :)

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

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posted 02-08-2011 10:40 AM

Daddy’s little girl spouting words straight from her mother’s mouth. We sow all sorts of seeds, don’t we?

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

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posted 02-08-2011 11:49 AM

yes we do :)
and with children – the joys of when they use our words against us :D

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

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posted 02-08-2011 02:59 PM

LOL

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 02-08-2011 07:31 PM

The bee house is beautiful, Joel. I admire all the artwork you have tucked in and around your gardens. It makes it such a fun and beautiful place your your children to play, learn and grow.

-- "...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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posted 02-09-2011 09:18 PM

Very cool and it looks great with all your other garden art – but I am confused. I thought bees live in a hive so they need a single entrance and a place to create the hive …?
Are we talking about different kinds of bees here?

Ah, ok, I see we are talking about a different kind of bee here, the Mason bee. Gees, I never knew they existed…

Dang, the first things the females do when they emerge is to mate. The male waits for the females to emerge, then he mates and dies. Sucks either way. Maybe just a bit better than having your head bitten off.

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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posted 02-09-2011 10:59 PM

Hey, there are worse ways to go than how the ill-fated male Mason does. Nature seems to do things for a reason, but I can’t figure out this one, and haven’t researched it enough to see if the experts know or speculate. Wonder what Henry would have thought of the Mason Bee, huh?

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

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posted 02-10-2011 07:04 AM

interesting. so males in the insect world really don’t have it all that great. gosh, I am glad we are humans… I would hate to have to bite someone’s head off…

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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posted 02-10-2011 12:50 PM

Yeah, that would be bad.

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

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posted 02-10-2011 06:08 PM

of course I probably could, if need be ROFL

will you show us pictures when you have bees moving in?

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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justjoel

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posted 02-10-2011 11:21 PM

This, like so many things in the garden, will be an exercise in patience – might not see any activity for months or more, but pictures will be there if the bees are there.

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

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Gone_Tropical

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posted 02-11-2011 06:13 AM

reading about it, it says the bees will be active in spring, so it should not take long for you to have tenants :)
did you plant for them? blueberries, rosemary, catmint….

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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posted 02-11-2011 07:30 AM

Another interesting thread, for reading and learning, even if I don’t set out a bee hotel.

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

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justjoel

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posted 02-11-2011 11:40 AM

No new plantings yet for my eventual tenants, but branches from one of my two pear trees is about 5 feet away!

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

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posted 02-11-2011 10:57 PM

Hope you get plenty of visitors in your bee motel. Scary to think of where we would be, no pun intended, without our precious pollinators.

-- Donnie in sunny South Carolina

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posted 02-12-2011 08:41 PM

Very neat – please keep us informed as to how well it works. Pam bought a bee house but we did not get any visitors. Now sure why.

-- Pam grows 'em - I cook 'em...... Melbourne, Fl

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posted 02-14-2011 06:35 AM

hello neighbor :-) I am in Orlando…. and doing my research it looks like we do not have Mason bees that far south

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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posted 02-14-2011 12:13 PM

Gone Tropical – thanks for the info, I’ll pass it on to Miss Pam. So if we don’t have Mason Bees, what do we have? I would what ever types of bees we have need a home close to Pam’s garden??? Harold

-- Pam grows 'em - I cook 'em...... Melbourne, Fl

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posted 02-15-2011 10:16 AM

Evelyn use the twigs from a black elderberry they are hollow…..

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posted 02-15-2011 10:30 AM

thanks for the tip. I know we have elderberry growing here. just have to find it now LOL

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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posted 02-21-2011 08:22 PM

Why I didn’t notice and why no one else commented on the fact that I posted that picture of the cute dragonfly, instead of this bee, I don’t know. Ya’ll are just too polite, I guess. It took my daughter, hanging on my clicking arm, to see my error, “Look, there’s the dragonfly you made for me, Daddy!” “Ah, you’re right, Sofie, that is your DRAGONFLY.” Sheesh…

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

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posted 02-21-2011 08:31 PM

I just assumed that was a feel good bonus shot. No harm done. Everybody’s happy!

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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justjoel

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posted 02-21-2011 08:41 PM

Yeah, was going for the “awww, isn’t that cute” thing, and didn’t have a shot of my of a bee without stealing something off the internet.

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

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posted 02-22-2011 07:17 AM

I liked the dragonfly too. You have room to post them both. : )

-- "...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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posted 02-23-2011 03:27 PM

very nice indeed!!!! And very cute assistant!! Be quite the adventure to watch for “folk” to check in … :-)

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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justjoel

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posted 04-27-2011 03:32 PM

CHECK-IN TIME!

Just witnessed several bees go in and out of the condo – stayed in for up to a minute. Couldn’t get one “on film” but they’re making a home it looks like!

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

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posted 04-27-2011 03:37 PM

At least they are coming to the open house anyway. It’s a good sign. Build it and they will come…

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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