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Make mason bee homes

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  • It easy to do. Just get an old log and 5/8 drill holes and put a rustic roof on it. I made two of them and could show others. Mason bees help pollinate your flowers.

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  • Luisa S.

    I'd be interested in attending!

    January 27, 2015

  • Kelley

    I would be interested in attending/hosting as well. I have a large garden/property if it could be held outdoors...depending on size of the group we could come indoors as well. but...I live in Battle Ground:(

    September 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't, allergic to bees! :(

    April 30, 2011

  • Dave

    I'm allergic to bees but, have always thought it would be a great idea to encourage them to co-exist in my yard, and think this would make an interesting topic for a Meetup. Also, if interested, I believe there was an article in Mother Earth News this past year on the same topic. I don't recall drilling as much as bundling materials (forgot what type?) and then adding a roof to protect the bees. I'll have to do some searching and see if I can find it again.

    January 2, 2012

  • Joanne

    FEB[masked] Coming up in the Multnomah County Master Gardener Speaker Series . . .
    Starting at 7:00 pm Free, open to the public. If you come, please find me and say hi!
    Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church—5441 SE Belmont St. (parking lot and entrance on SE 54th Ave.)
    Want Fruit? Get Mason Bees!
    Sherian A. Wright
    Amateur naturalist and NW author of “Mason Bees for the Backyard Gardener”

    1 · January 20, 2014

  • Denny B.

    The Portland Nursery class on mason bees is long ago closed to additional attendees. This on seems to never get scheduled. Mason bees seem to be quire elusive.

    January 15, 2014

  • sara

    I'd love to make some more. I have one made from a cedar block and it was finally used last spring! Excited to see what emerges

    January 14, 2014

  • Jennifer Bates W.

    i would love to attend a hands on session like this!

    January 14, 2014

  • Denny B.

    I have a 15 foot snag in my yard that I left standing for birds. Can I drill holes on the south side for Mason bees? Will wood peckers and flickers eat them?

    1 · December 14, 2013

    • Denny B.

      I don't use pesticides and herbacides as I have a Certified Backyard Habitat, but I was considering using Orange Oil to control ants which are getting into my house. Now, I read that Orange Oil attracts and kills bees. Anybody know anything about this?

      December 16, 2013

    • Ed

      The biggest impact I've had on ants is trimming back our vine maples off the house, since the new shoots were hit hard by aphids and the ants followed the honeydew all the way into the house. I also have compost away from the house, so I provide a feast away from the house. So far it's worked OK, but your situation may be quite different than mine. Good luck!

      December 19, 2013

  • caela

    If possible some information on the types of plants to put in you garden to attract the pollinators.

    September 18, 2011

  • Joanne

    Google Portland local beekeeper, master gardener and metro instructor Glen Andresen beekeeper for lots of articles and info about beekeeping. He teaches many classes on this subject and more. Highly recommended!

    March 25, 2013

  • Ray D.

    I've had Mason bees for about 20 years I made the holes with 5/16 Brad point drillbit. Don't use cedar or treated wood don't face the holes north. Bees and materials may be obtained from the homeorchardsociety

    1 · December 7, 2012

  • Hannah

    i need some bees and would be intetested.

    July 11, 2012

  • Connie C.

    I would love to do this, but I work most weekends. Any chance we could do an evening (after 6 p.m.) meet-up?
    Connie Chandler

    May 14, 2012

  • Faye

    I would love to do this! Paired with an information session, or just general informative small talk about these bees and what to do to keep them would be amazing. Any ideas for a location and a date?

    March 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Only mason bees take residence and to encourage bees to your site, you can buy a tube with 6 bees or a cup of bees.

    June 12, 2011

  • Jessie Peters W.

    A demo would be great :) Do the native bees take up residence in the house? or do you need to "purchase" the mason bees?

    May 29, 2011

  • Tamara

    Brent, do you have photos of this that you could post? I like this idea!

    January 29, 2011

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