My mason bees are done for the year (SW Washington state). Looks like they filled about 140 tubes, which is less than previous years. I put out lots of extra tubes (probably 250 total), so apparently tubes are not the limiting factor.
I don't really need the bees for pollination, I just think they are interesting, and I am always happy to help out native species that are having a hard time. I use mostly teasel stems which grow in my yard, so the only cost is a bit of my time. I did spring for about 70 cardboard tubes this year, to see what the bees thought of those (they liked them). I also made them couple bundles of bamboo tubes because I inadvertently gave away too many of my teasel stems and I could see that the bees were going to use up all the teasel stems. I think I got the bamboo stems put up too late though, the bees did not use many of the bamboo tubes.
When does mason bee season end in your area? How many full tubes do you have?
I got a late start on learning and so I do not have ANYTHING to show for my efforts other than a desire to get something going for next year. I am in South central Idaho (Buhl) and would appreciate any advice or help that you could give me.
I have Teasel, Raspberry, Elder and a couple of other natural tubes available. I have not seen a mason bee that I recognize is my issue. I was thinking about buying some this winter if I could not find anyone to work with.
I live in Vancouver, WA so perhaps close to you. I brought a few tubes of mason bees this spring for the first time.... and for the first time I had a bumper crop of plums! Yeah! I found this post by searching teasel as I want to provide more homes for the mason bees and any other pollinator that might want to use them. I am looking for teasel seeds or starts. Might I buy some from you? thank you... Mary 360-521-6279
Location: Zone 8b: SW Washington
posted 6 years ago
My 2013 teasel stem harvest:
Location: South Central Idaho
posted 6 years ago
Do you know that teasel is good for more than bee reeds?
Also, keep us informed (pictures and vids) on how you process the reeds.
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