Maybe you’ve seen that honey bees are in crisis, possibly because of pesticides and genetically modified crops that are now the primary crops grown in the US and possibly other causes as yet unidentified.
Maybe you’ve seen that if honey bees and other pollinators don’t flit about doing their buzzy thing from one blossom to the next, blossoms aren’t pollinated and fruit and vegetables don’t grow.
But one thing kind of slides under our radar. The European honey bee is an import. (Duh.) And we have native bees on this continent that do the job just as well. Bees that don’t make honey (which is probably why we’ve pretty much ignored them) and don’t sting (wait, this is sounding good) and do the same job as the disappearing honey bees (okay, great maybe?) and that you can host in your garden or apartment balcony without elaborate bee hives and such (bingo!).
Instead of communal hives they lay their eggs in 6″ long tubes, wherever they can find them. And if you provide the tubes, they will come.
You can find out by surfing the web and reading articles or watching youtube videos.
You can follow Martha Stewart’s example and just tie some tubes together with twine.
You can drill tube holes in wood.
You can buy cute ones like this, or maybe make one by sticking tubes in a basket and hanging it.
They can be simple or cute or both!
Loooove this one.
Great use of scrap wood. This guy sells them on etsy.
And while you’re at it, you just might want to plant a few zinnias or sunflowers or other easy bee-attracting plants.
That easy. And you can help save the world.