Re: [gardeners] In the garden - Wednesday

Linda Baranowski-Smith (
Wed, 27 Oct 1999 16:27:50 -0400

> <snip> Nearly every flower had a mason
>or orchard bee hanging in it snoozing. Pretty neat, looked like little
>yellow and black striped fuzzies snoozing on a pillow. Once the sun is
>fully out the girls will go back to work pollinating. Reckon I'm gonna
>have to make some more nest blocks for them as the ones I had out are
>full already.  <snip>
>Since we don't see many honey bees around anymore I encourage the mason
>and orchard bees by providing nest blocks for them and we have a lot of
>them pollinating things around here on a regular basis.

George, seeing the mention of mason bees reminds me that we have to put
ours to bed in the fridge about now.  Do you make your own nesting blocks
for the mason bees?  If so, what kind of wood do you use?  To increase our
population, we made some nesting blocks from aged pine and the bees seemed
to prefer the old housing projects over the new.

Linda in NW Ohio near Toledo/Lake Erie, USDA Zone 5