This is in progress.
It's for a friend who's having a baby.
Yay for babies!
Saturday, March 12, 2011
So, it's more like bee-prep day since I can't put the little dears out until it's regularly 55 degrees.
The bee house was easy as pie to assemble: no tools required!
The bees themselves are still snuggled in their cocoons in a carboard tube in my fridge. Clearly labeled so we don't have any accidents!
(Now I just have to convince the MIL that no, really that's where they belong!)
Friday, March 11, 2011
Osma lignaria (Blue orchard/mason bee) is native to the United States. Honey bees are imports from Europe.
Because they don't live in a hive or produce honey, they are an excellent choice for gardens with pets, children, and people who are allergic to bees. The lack of a hive makes these bees non aggressive, and they have also earned the nickname "stingless bees".
Our lot doesn't have a spot on it that would be beneficial to honeybees. The backyard gets about 3 hours of morning sun.
We also have a hound dog. The first time I was stung by a bee was because my beagle nosed up a beehive while we were on a walk. And I was stung by LOTS of bees.
I have gotten over my fear of bees (Thanks, Nessa!) and would someday like to have a hive of honeybees, but this house & yard (and neighbors who ARE allergic) are not suitable.
For further reading:
Crown Bees (our bee supplier)
Thursday, March 10, 2011
After reading "Farm City" by Novella Carpenter and "Dirty Life" by Kristin Kimball, I have reached the conclusion that I do not want a FARM, I just want a REALLY BIG GARDEN.
Both are excellent reads-I read "Farm City" on Tuesday and "Dirty Life" on Wednesday. (500 pages in 2 days. I like books)
And I ordered my mason bees yesterday! They are in the mail!