Vince has been doing research and has decided he wants to create a habitat for mason bees. There’s so much emphasis on honey bees but mason bees, according to our research, are much easier to raise, more gentle (less likely to sting) than honey bees and will pollinate way more than honey bees.
Once their habitat is established, there’s very little work involved.
One thing very interesting that I never knew – some times of bees have long tongues and some have short tongues. Who knew that? Not me. When we go to our wildflower seminar this weekend, we’ll be looking for plants that work well with long tongue bees.
Mason bees benefit from very early blooming flowers/fruit trees, i.e., plum, elderberry and redbud (which we have). They also like dandelions which we definitely have.
Mostly, I’m so happy to see Vince seem interested in raising some pollinators. I had always wanted honey bees but they can be more work than Vince is willing to do so . . we’ll see how this goes!