Help our environment with a Bee Hotel
During lockdown, Maddie (11) told me that she thought that a good project would be to make a Bee Hotel for the garden.
At the time, she was busy re-cycling old glass coffee jars into food storage containers, and we were discussing ways to not only save money but to help the environment at the same time.
The lonely bee
Solitary bees, unlike honeybees and bumble bees live alone and usually build their nests in hollow stems and beetle holes.
Bees are such hard workers and are essential to the planet.
If you like gardening, then you should plant a garden full of “bee friendly” plants that will provide the necessary nectar and pollen for these busy little workers.
Plants like rosemary, lavender, sage and thyme and flowering annuals and perennials such as alyssum, catmint, cosmos, marigold and phlox.
Bees are such important little creatures and work so hard to make a teaspoon of honey during their short little lives – read more here
The busy bee
Bees go from one plant to another and pollinate them, which in turn helps the plants reproduce. Bees even help plants survive by preventing inbreeding.
Difference between native bees and honey bees
In Australia the native bees don’t store nectar, and therefore they generally don’t produce honey, at least not in ample amounts. European honey bees were introduced into Australia about 200 years ago for that exact reason – to produce honey.
If native bees don’t produce honey, do we even need them?
Native bees pollinate native plants, many of which can’t be pollinated by introduced bees. Some flowers need vibration to release pollen, which many of our native bees can do. This is called ‘buzz pollination’.
Read more here
How to build a Bee Hotel
You will need:
• An untreated wooden plank, at least 10 cm wide.
• Plenty of hollow stems of different diameters (suggest bamboo or sticks).
• Saw, drill, screws and secateurs.
• A mirror fixing to hang the finished nest up.
(Optional) if you want to make it a little more fun and festive you could paint it, or glue some glitter onto it )
Apparently bees experience happy emotions, but can also become sad, so let’s keep them happy, so that our children and granchildren enjoy a healthy environment.
Surprising fact: They are also known to have flatulence issues and fart – the amount of poop that they produce is a sign that the beehive is healthy! Read more here
The worker bees will also run around after the Queen bee and clean up her mess!
“No bees – no honey, no work – no money!”
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