Here are another couple of stacked large box-like structures to protect mason bee houses during the pollination season,
|Stacked box Sysem for pollinating field crops|
The small boxes with holes at the front are ’emergence boxes” for releasing bees (contain 100-200 mason bee cocoons). In this setup, there are 8 on the left hand side of the upper shelf and 3 on the upper shelf on the right hand side. I ran out of emergence boxes, and had to use an old bird nest (upper LHS).
One problem with this structure is that it catches the wind and it makes it more difficult for bees to fly in and out of the nest. The wind also makes it colder around the nests.
Note the electric fence used to prevent bear damage. For increased stability, 3 posts were hammered into the ground and nailed to the boxes.
Looking back to these structures, the yurt is a dream to use. In the next few blogs, I will be writing about our yurt designed by Charley Ford. The uprights are no problem , but the roof design is a bit tricky.