We haven’t seen the sun since Friday. I had to pull up a photo with some sunshine in it for my sake. Oh March, you always get under my skin. Be gone! In 3 days you will be over. I’m all about the Spring now.
Here is my mason bee/leaf cutter bee nursery. It is going out today. I’m all about the bees here. While I don’t want to raise bees for honey, I want to help the bees. This is a simple and cheap way to help.
These and other Mason Bee houses help the pollinators that do not sting and do not make us honey. Nonetheless, the are key to the struggling bee population. It cost under 20 dollars. (Beekeeping start up costs for honey are at least 500 hundred for suit, hives and smoker)
I’m told by a local to put it out now. The first flowers are very important for the leaf cutter and mason bees. You are to put it up facing south or east without shade, so the little baby bees warm up early in the morning. It should’t sway. It should be about 2 to 3 feet off the ground near flowering spring life.
That’s it. The little bees will find it and put their babies in there. You leave it alone. The bees make a paste like nest to cover their eggs in the holes. When you see a hole in the paste the baby has emerged . Then you take something, say a KNITTING NEEDLE, and poke the nesting material out so the momma can come back and lay more eggs.
You may need to cover the front in chicken wire if the birds find it and get into it.
I hope you will BEE interested in helping the little bees in this way.
Okay, second thing:
The TrailMarker tree society has determined that we probably do not have a marker tree. We measured, sent photos and communicated and they feel that since it is a wild cherry tree it is not likely a Native American marker tree. Apparently wild cherry trees only live a hundred to at most 200 years and that means it wasn’t used by Native Americans.
They said it certainly has the characteristic bends in it, and it may have marked something for locals at one point, just not Native Americans. I still love the tree!
I bought cotton blend yarns for my next knit up when I traded my yarn leftovers at Needles N Pins. I’m knitting a shawl and I’ll show it to you soon.
That’s is from Compassionknit for today. Hope you’ll join the bee movement with me!