• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education skip experiences global resources cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Anne Miller
  • Nicole Alderman
  • r ranson
  • Pearl Sutton
  • Mike Haasl
  • paul wheaton
stewards:
  • Joylynn Hardesty
  • Dave Burton
  • Joseph Lofthouse
master gardeners:
  • jordan barton
  • Greg Martin
gardeners:
  • Carla Burke
  • Ash Jackson
  • Kate Downham
  • Likes 3
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Animal Care.

In this Badge Bit you will make a bee/insect watering station.



Here are some articles on making bee and insect watering stations:
 - DIY Bee Watering Station
 - How to Make a Bee Watering Station
 - Bee and Butterfly Waterer

Here are some nice videos on making bee and insect watering stations.









To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
 - you must make a bee/insect watering station

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must:
 - post a picture of the materials for the watering station
 - post a picture of the watering station under construction
 - post a picture of the completed bee/insect watering station with water
COMMENTS:
 
steward
Posts: 5966
Location: United States
2523
transportation forest garden tiny house books urban greening the desert
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
These are the materials I used to make my bee/insect watering station: a round piece of dimensional lumber and some twigs. I wanted to keep this as simple and natural as possible, so I stuck with keeping it very simple.



I used a chainsaw to carve out the basin portion of my bee/insect watering station.



These are a couple of pictures that show my bee/insect watering station does indeed hold water, in a manner that bees and insects won't drown when they come to drink water.



Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

I certify this BB complete!

 
Dave Burton
steward
Posts: 5966
Location: United States
2523
transportation forest garden tiny house books urban greening the desert
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Just for future reference, designs like the one I just did here might need a little more fiddling with them and love and care. I left my bee watering station full of water overnight, and it appears to no longer hold water, probably because the water expanded when it froze and cracked it.
 
gardener
Posts: 1191
Location: Denver, 6a / BSk, rental house dweller, going back to Wheaton Labs soon
717
hugelkultur kids forest garden trees books wofati cooking bike rocket stoves
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Made an insect watering station today with my son to pair with the Mason bee house we put up. We followed the example in Paul's video with Jacqueline.

We used a "birdbath" that's here at the rental house (birds don't seem to care much for it), and placed in it rocks (mostly quartz and a bit of sandstone, the sandstone wicks water up), shells to collect teensy pools of water, some bark and some twigs.
IMG_20200408_150830.jpg
Materials collected
Materials collected
IMG_20200408_150835.jpg
Under construction
Under construction
IMG_20200408_151834.jpg
Final
Final
Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

I certify this BB complete!

 
gardener
Posts: 511
Location: British Columbia
359
monies home care forest garden foraging chicken wood heat homestead ungarbage
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I used an earth ware bowl - antique Chinese ceramics - probably should have used something less valuable but hey, insects are thirsty!



I was feeling artsy. I used glass beads, stones, bark, broken ceramics, sticks, moss, and lichen. I placed it next to my new bee garden.





I had a bucket or water sitting for the last few days in my greenhouse so that was ideal. I don't think my water is regularly chlorinated, but just in case!



Final product!

Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

I certify this BB complete!

 
Posts: 64
Location: FEMA District III
21
hugelkultur duck forest garden chicken composting toilet bee
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Using left over stuff I have sitting around to upcycle.

Plastic old chicken waterer and old window screen.

The screen allows them to crawl around with drowning.

20200615_172542.jpg
upcylcing old chicken waterer
upcylcing old chicken waterer
20200615_172610.jpg
wire mess for crawling
wire mess for crawling
20200615_172646_HDR.jpg
completed bee insect waterer
completed bee insect waterer
Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

I certify this BB complete!

 
pollinator
Posts: 194
126
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Here are my insect watering stations.

First one intentional.  Second  one unintentional.
20200731_104053.jpg
Plant saucer
Plant saucer
20200731_104717.jpg
Small rocks
Small rocks
20200731_104728.jpg
Filling saucer with rocks
Filling saucer with rocks
20200731_104159.jpg
Completed waterer
Completed waterer
20200731_104359.jpg
Horsetail ferns in a wading pool
Horsetail ferns in a wading pool
Staff note (Ash Jackson) :

I certify this BB is complete. Congrats on your fourth Air Badge!

 
gardener
Posts: 663
Location: Durham, NC
239
hugelkultur gear urban cooking building writing woodworking
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
A local environmental group sent me some sunflower seeds to encourage pollinators.  I planted those and the bunnies ate them all so I built this "bunny proof" stone herb spiral/pollinator garden with a 30 gallon pond at the base.  I put in lots of driftwood and Lemon Bacopa so the pollinators would have perches.  The pond is stocked with a couple dozen minnows to control mosquito larvae. The spiral has flowering purslane, marigolds, Mexican Bush Sage, chamomile, and another flowering bush I forgot the name of.  

These are the stones I used to build the spiral and line the pond:
 





It's real rainy today but I still have a customer.

Staff note (Mike Barkley) :

I certify this BB is complete.

 
master pollinator
Posts: 1530
Location: Meppel (Drenthe, the Netherlands)
474
hugelkultur dog forest garden urban cooking bike
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I made a new Insect Waterer and cleaned an old one

New Insect Waterer

A large deep plate


Some pebbles and pieces of broken pots in it


Water in it. And that's it


The old one I cleaned


In fact this is an Insect Waterer too. My tiny pond, overgrown with mint (Mentha Aquatica)
Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

I certify this BB complete along with your new air badge!

 
pioneer
Posts: 142
Location: Washington State
92
trees rabbit earthworks composting toilet fiber arts sheep wood heat homestead
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Animal Care - Make a Bee/Insect Watering Station

First are the materials for the watering station: black pot (for height), water dish, rocks harvested from the driveway (drive is crushed rock), glass pebbles, a few twigs leftover from another project.
The water tray is on the black pot nestled in the garden with the rocks and pebbles - still fiddling with getting the twigs stable.  I added the pebbles so the bugs still have landing spots when the water is getting low.
Finished bee/insect watering station with water.
01.JPG
Materials
Materials
02.JPG
Under Construction
Under Construction
03.JPG
Finished
Finished
Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

I certify this BB complete along with your new air badge!

 
Posts: 76
Location: New Braunfels, TX, Zone 8b, multi-generational suburban household
32
homeschooling kids forest garden urban books homestead
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
My daughter is very apt at finding rocks in the yard and handing them to me, so why not put them to good use?
Materials.jpg
Baby feet not included
Baby feet not included
Next-to-tomatoes.jpg
A bee came to visit my tomatoes right after I put the water in :)
A bee came to visit my tomatoes right after I put the water in :)
Complete.jpg
bee insect waterer
bee insect waterer
Staff note (Ash Jackson) :

I certify this BeeBee complete! Enjoy your new Air Badge in Animal Care!

 
gardener
Posts: 974
Location: Wheaton Labs
593
foraging books wofati food preservation cooking fiber arts building writing rocket stoves wood heat woodworking
  • Likes 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
BB
38243CA7-0604-4F9F-A6AB-E4687C1DE6B9.jpeg
[Thumbnail for 38243CA7-0604-4F9F-A6AB-E4687C1DE6B9.jpeg]
C7F9571B-5100-4249-B181-6FE1936EB775.jpeg
[Thumbnail for C7F9571B-5100-4249-B181-6FE1936EB775.jpeg]
74BB9C35-8D53-4B85-96AB-2FD68F2EFEA1.jpeg
[Thumbnail for 74BB9C35-8D53-4B85-96AB-2FD68F2EFEA1.jpeg]
FDA89F4B-BD73-4297-85E2-84BA8BFFD4AE.jpeg
[Thumbnail for FDA89F4B-BD73-4297-85E2-84BA8BFFD4AE.jpeg]
E8C5C6E1-71EF-49A9-ACAC-48AAFE2DFE09.jpeg
[Thumbnail for E8C5C6E1-71EF-49A9-ACAC-48AAFE2DFE09.jpeg]
Staff note (Rob Lineberger) :

Certified, and thanks for showing me something I didn't know about surface area ratios. Enjoy your shiny new air badge!

 
Maybe he went home and went to bed. And took this tiny ad with him:
permaculture bootcamp - learn permaculture through a little hard work
https://permies.com/t/bootcamp
reply
    Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic