Garden Making is giving away four pollen bee nests – a great way to help pollination in your garden. To win one of four pollen bee nests you need to enter only once; your name will be included in all the subsequent draws. (Entries are limited to Canada and U.S.)
These nests also called mason bee nests and make a great gift for someone concerned about the loss of bees worldwide. Garden Making will select one winner on the first Wednesday of each month. You only need to enter once to be included in all subsequent draws:
- November 2015 winner: Danielle K. of Nepean, Ont. – from 225 entries at time of draw
- December 2015 winner: Peter D. of Bancroft, Ont. – from 661 entries at time of draw
- January 2016 draw: Kathryn S. of Woodland, Ont. – from 865 entries at time of draw
- February 2016 draw: George H. of Brantford, Ont. – from 1,073 entries at time of draw
The nest provides a safe place for pollen bees to nest and increase the number of pollinators in your garden. Because of the loss of native nesting habitats, solitary and native bees (including mason bees) need human help to stabilize and rebuild their population.
To keep mason bees in your garden, install the bee house in early spring in a protected spot that gets morning sun. Female bees lay their eggs in pre-existing tubular holes, carefully setting each egg atop a pile of pollen and nectar and sealing the compartment with mud. (Give them a hand by providing a muddy patch close by.)
For this promotion, Garden Making partnered with Armstrong & Blackbury Horticultural Products, a Canadian company that makes the scientifically designed Solitary-Pollen Bee Nest.