We are apt to forget that some of the smallest creatures to inhabit our gardens are as useful to its biodiversity as birds and mammals. Yet we often overlook them; or kill them without realising that by so doing we destroy the very allies that exist as our ‘little garden helpers’. Insects are one of […]
I bought this little house for mason bees at the Olympia farmers' market. It's the kind of thing that we could totally make ourselves, but it would take us years to get around to it. I figured it would be better to just support a local craftsperson. I'll have to post another picture of it once we have it hung up in the backyard.
Mason bees like to live in areas with lots of nooks and crannies. An old wood pile or dead tree is their 'natural' habitat, but a homemade bee house or a bee house from the market are great substitutes to help attract them. Here are some tips for choosing the perfect location for your B&B: