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  1. #1
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    Default Made my mason nesting boxes today...pic

    While I'm anxiously awaiting spring and my first nuc, I spent the morning making mason bee nesting boxes.

    I LOVE this world of beekeeping!

    http://www.metrocast.net/~palmeira/BeeBoxes.jpg

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    what are these for?
    Let's BEE friends

  3. #3
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    Smile Straw method

    Do you plan using the straw method of managing your masons?
    Which mason bees are you working with?
    Ernie
    lucas Apiaries
    Ernie
    My websitehttp://bees4u.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by hummingberd View Post
    what are these for?
    They are neat little bees...check out this link: http://gardening.wsu.edu/library/inse006/inse006.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by BEES4U View Post
    Do you plan using the straw method of managing your masons?
    Which mason bees are you working with?
    Ernie
    lucas Apiaries
    I was thinking about going the 'rustic' way and just making new boxes each year, but the paper straw avenue now sounds easier! I was planning on bringing in boxes to my barn to overwinter.

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    It would be a good idea to put small hole chicken wire staple about an inch away form the holes, this will keep birds like woodpeckers form raiding the nests.
    I plan on putting out several nest boxes for bumblebees and mason bees this year. We grow blueberries and both bees are very good at pollinating blueberries.
    The Busy Bee teaches two lessons: One is not to be idle and the other is not to get stung.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Bean View Post
    It would be a good idea to put small hole chicken wire staple about an inch away form the holes, this will keep birds like woodpeckers form raiding the nests.
    I plan on putting out several nest boxes for bumblebees and mason bees this year. We grow blueberries and both bees are very good at pollinating blueberries.
    That's a perfect idea ~ thank you. I hadn't thought of that.

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