Re: The nebulous benefit of garden pollination by mason bees
Thanks Kimball, that is very informative.
I am in Oregon and in the wet valleys’ it has really become quite the battle cry for the mason bees for the spring tree bloom. A friend of mine had about 20 of the blocks on his house just trying to get pollination. He told me that the bees fly at 40 degrees and in the rain and he felt they were better than the honey bees.
I told him that his bees were the ‘Delta Force’ that he had 100 of the best flying bees in the roughest conditions but I had the ‘’Chinese army’-weather hits 50 degrees and 40,000 starving bees with babies to feed take to the air. I dropped a couple of hives on his place and oddly enough it is the blueberries that seem to have seen the greatest increase. I thought the Blueberries were mostly pollenated by the bumble bees? Keep in mind that this is an acre garden, not a monoculture.
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