Congratulations to our two winners of a pollen bee nest in from Armstrong & Blackbury Horticultural Products, a Canadian company that makes the scientifically designed Solitary-Pollen Bee Nest. The two were randomly selected from 651 entries in our Garden Making draw. A pollen bee nest is a great way to help pollination in your garden. Winners are Hilary B. in Victoria, BC, and Marilyn K. of Warren, Michigan.
These nests also called mason bee nests and make a great gift for someone concerned about the loss of bees worldwide. 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.)
Entries close for the draw at midnight Oct. 11. 2017.
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The draw is now closed for entries.