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My Dutch neighbour Alie told me that she is going to make oliebollen. This is a Dutch tradition that I remember from my childhood. It is a memorable way to say goodbye to the old and bring in the New Year. Every year Alie invites me for a tasty treat of oliebollen, but I have never made them. I am off to give her a hand and maybe taste a few morsels….
Bonnie, my web guru and I figured out that we should and that we can have two categories of homes under mason bee homes. This would be easier for folks.
The two categories under Bee homes would be -Spring mason bee homes and Summer Mason bee homes. Right now the different homes with their various nesting materials are grouped together. This is a little overwhelming, I think.
Spring nesting materials available on my web site are CORN Quicklock nesting trays, Ezy-harvest cardboard nesting tubes and Natural Phragmites Reeds. We have two types of nesting material for the smaller summer mason bees. Summer nesting materials available on Beediverse.com are the wooden routered trays and corrugated cardboard.
|Happy New Year!|
I have been working on my Beediverse website and have some thoughts on organizing Beediverse products in a couple of additional categories. Of course, there are always better ways of organizing items and of course writing about them.
In the early days of Mason beekeeping as a gardener’s hobby, it was important to have a product category for “Starting out ” and “Learning about”.
Now Mason Bee keeping is at a different stage. Gardeners who have the experience with spring mason bees, are keen to attract summer mason bees for exmple.
These categories could be expanded for example to explain the different nesting materials required for spring mason bees and summer mason bees. A clear distinction between spring and summer mason bees is needed to make it easier for people to make a decision on what nesting material and or housing they need. An explanation is needed that that Spring bees are larger and need larger nesting cavities and that summer mason bees are smaller and need smaller nesting tunnels. This explanation plus placing spring and summer houses and spring and summer nesting material in different categories would be a good start.
A neighbour of mine reminded me of the local ground nesting bees at her school. Some pictures were taken and we should be able to get them identified.
I am continuously on the lookout for items that might be of interest to mason bee enthusiasts.
We have just added a Mason Bee Home kit to our line of Beediverse products.
The neat thing is that it assembles without nails or glue! It includes instructions on how to roll your own paper nesting tubes. This is an awesome product. Another big advantage to this home is that it ships flat. Savings in shipping is significant.
|Kit- Mason Bee Home|
This is the perfect item for people who like to put things together. A great school project!
Once assembled, the Bee home can be set out on an east facing wall, in a sunny location and under an overhang. It houses 40 mason bees and is ready to pollinate your fruit trees.
The kit includes pre-cut wooden bee box, mounting nails, sand paper, pre-cut Kraft paper for 40 bee tubes, dowel for rolling bee tubes, and tape for taping bee tubes.
This home is big enough to fit a Quicklock nesting tray with 30 holes and with room to spare for additional nesting tubes or a release shelter.
Instructions include how to assemble the bee home and how to roll your own bee nesting tubes.
We headed up to Whistler the other day. An annual Christmas gathering of friends. It was a lot of fun. The drive along Howe sound, through Squamish and to Whistler is spectacular with the mountains in their winter coat. Merry Christmas everyone!
|On our way to Whistler, just out of Horshoe Bay|
|The road to Whistler goes along Howe Sound.
The Tantalus Range is in the background
|The spectacular scenery is accentuated with the curves in the road.|
|Mt Garibaldi above Squamish|
|A close up of the Tantalus Range in the setting sun|
|The last rays of sunlight on the Chief rock wall above Squamish.|
|A Christmas scene in Whistler|