“If you build it, they will come”

IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME:

The closed in holes are occupied.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here so today I thought I would share one of my latest favorite things. My Mason Bee house. There’s only one requirement to stay at the Crape Myrtle Inn, you must visit all of the flowers in my garden😃 Mason bees aren’t the only ones welcome here, mason wasps  are here too! You can bee neighbors, but just make sure you stay in your own room!

All you can eat buffet!

When I first made this I was worried that they wouldn’t be able to find it, but in only a weeks time I had my first tenants at the Crape Myrtle Inn😃

On this one I used rope from a bale of straw.

This house is super simple to make and you can fancy it up or do it plainjane like I did. The bees aren’t picky, as long as there’s beautiful flowers for them to visit and somewhere to nest. I just used stuff I already had laying around the homestead, but I’ve seen some really cute ones made of wood that look like little houses! Maybe when I learn to use a skill saw I’ll try and make one a little fancier.
To make one like this all you need is

You may have better tools to work with but this is what I had and felt comfortable using. Use any tools you like and are comfortable with.

Big pvc pipe
Hand saw or jig saw to cut the pvc
Bamboo sticks
Hand shears or pipe cutter for the bamboo
Wire or rope
Cut the pipe(with a hand saw or jig saw) to about 5 or 6 inches. Smooth it any rough edges.
Cut the bamboo the same length as the pipe. I like to use a pipe cutter it’s easier, but shears work too.
Stuff the bamboo in the pipe so that they are really snug and won’t fall out.

Bamboo of all sizes work well. The smaller pieces especially help at the end when making sure they are tight so none will fall out.

Put a wire or rope through it and secure it to a fence post or tree(don’t let it swing, secure in place) somewhere near your garden and enjoy your visitors!