Check your shrubs for bagworms and if you find them, remove them. They are easy to find, they are little brown sacks about two inches long, hanging from branches like ugly little Christmas tree ornaments from The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Zoe’s DIY Bee Hotel
This past week, my granddaughter, Zoe, came down to our home excited about what she learned about in her online pre-school class. I made a Bee Hotel Oma! she told us happily. She learned about bees and how important they are to our world. Zoe’s DIY Bee Hotel turned out great!
This preschool is on the right track that you are never too young to learn about nature, including why bees are beneficial to us. Our Zoe is growing up so fast, and while she has always loved anything to do with the outdoors, she seems to have developed a love of all insects and plants. Last week as I mentioned, for her birthday, she wanted to go somewhere to buy flowers. Gotta love this girl. This week it is all about when will the bees show up?
Pinterest DIY Bee Hotel
I did a quick search on Pinterest for instructions on making a Bee Hotel and found so many! I went ahead and added a few to our board that looked simple enough that you could do with your own children or grandchildren. I know that Zoe had a marvelous time and was so very proud of her results! It really should be in a protected location from the rain but Zoe wanted to put it here. Then wouldn’t you know, the next day we saw a bumble bee buzzing around.
Behnke’s Insect Hotel
Many of you might recall before Behnke’s closed, and we had a beautiful Insect Hotel behind the Bonsai Building. When we were selling off our fixtures, it was moved and rebuilt out in the midwest. It was the perfect fit for people to enjoy with our honey bee hives and our pollinator gardens nearby. You can see a photograph of our insect hotel in this article about Environmental Gardening At Behnke’s.
Pollinator Information Easy To Do And To Find
Last year I shared many articles from the National Gardening Bureau Victory Garden Series. One I found interesting was their 10 Tips for a Thriving Pollinator Garden. There are just so many different ways to have a thriving pollinator garden, and really you can find so much information online. But even better is to stop in at your local garden center and talk to folks passionate about this subject.
I hope you can find time to explore how to help save our bee population by doing simple things in your garden. Teach your children to respect our bees and other insects while keeping a healthy distance from them.