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How to Make a Bee House

Disclaimer: I’m participating in Hey, Let’s Grow!, a home gardening program sponsored by Monsanto. As part of this program, I was sent a free bee house kit. All opinions are my own.

I can tell you exactly how many times I have been stung by bees, as I’m sure you can if you’ve ever been stung. Bee stings hurt!

Usually when we think of bees, we think of the very social honeybees. They live in hives and will aggressively defend their hives. These bees, however, are not native to the United States. Settlers brought them over from Europe to help pollinate their crops, and they are indeed extremely useful to our agriculture even today.

Our native bees are mostly solitary bees and are much less aggressive. (Unless you actually step on one in the grass, and then the bee will sting! I’m speaking from experience.) I have watched bees buzzing around my garden many times and have never been stung. My mom used to tell me to leave the bees alone and they will leave you alone. She loved working in her flower garden and saw many bees buzzing around as well.

Bee in my pollinator garden

Bees and other pollinators are very important for our gardens and our natural world. It is very easy to make a bee house to encourage native bees to live by your garden! We made our house by using a bee house kit, but it is very easy to make one using supplies you may already have.

To make the house waterproof, we used a half-gallon milk carton. We cut off the top of our milk carton. We then made little tubes for our individual bees to lay eggs and care for their larvae.

My daughters and our neighbor work on making tubes from construction paper. We also used pre-made tubes.

The bright colors from the construction paper and the outside of the milk carton will hopefully attract bees, just as flowers attract bees with their bright colors. To make your own tubes, cut an 8″ x 11″ piece of construction paper in half. Roll it around a pencil, and tape securely, removing the pencil. Place your tubes into the milk carton. Make sure you have enough tubes for them to stay securely in the milk carton.

Tubes for individual bees
Bee house

We chose to left the outside of our house undecorated, since I didn’t have any contact paper to help with waterproofing the decorations. This was a good call; after an unusually dry June, the day after we hung up our bee house we had several thunderstorms and lots of rain! We hung our house in a lilac bush by my vegetable garden, and chose the branch carefully so that rain water would not be able to get into the bee tubes. I checked on our house after the rain and the tubes stayed dry! We haven’t had any bees move in yet, but I will keep checking!

For more information on how to make your own bee house, watch this video:

Build Your Own Bee House from Monsanto STEM Education Outreach on Vimeo.

Curious about one of my bee sting stories? Visit this blog post:

The Bumblebee Story

This document has some great information about our native bees!
https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5306468.pdf

Have fun making your own bee house!
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Knit Knot

For the past couple of days, I have been reteaching myself how to knit. I’ve become just a little obsessed, as a matter of fact, to the extent that I haven’t been cleaning the house, as you can so plainly see in my picture! Why am I having this sudden obsession with knitting, since I haven’t knitted in years and have never finished anything?

I signed up for a new Fellowship Group at my church called “Knit and Know Him.” So I think I’d at least better be able to bring my knitting needles and knit a little something! I started knitting this dishcloth yesterday, reviewing how to cast on, knit and purl. I picked a simple pattern called “Simple Weave,” although I think it looks like shooting stars. Don’t you? (Maybe not….)

To make up for my neglect yesterday, I have been all business this morning. I finished a small load of laundry (unheard of!) and put dirty dishes in the dishwasher. (What?!?)

And also, wrote a small blog post.

Be still, and know that I am God. Psalms 46:10

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Blooming Flowers

In preschool today, we are having our Mother’s Day tea! I made a pretty butter cookie bouquet for a centerpiece. It’s so easy to make, pretty to look at, and tasty too!

To make your own butter cookie bouquet, you will need:

wooden skewers
gum drops
flower shaped butter cookies

butter cookie bouquet 3

skewer
Wooden skewer, the kind you would use for shish kebobs
gum drop
Push a gum drop on the pointy end
butter cookie
Add a butter cookie
butter cookie bouquet
Make a beautiful bouquet!

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Coming Together {Spin Cycle Prompt}

We had TEN entries last week for the Spin Cycle! From 28 Memories to 28 Accomplishments Before 28 Years to 28 Things I Love About My Husband…all the Spins last week were so creative! I love coming up with an open-ended prompt that inspires you as writers. If you haven’t read all the 28 lists from The Spin Cycle, find the links to them HERE!

Are you ready to get those creative juices flowing again?

This week, the prompt is It All Came Together.

Perhaps there’s a recipe you just discovered and the flavors of the ingredients blend together perfectly. Share the recipe!

Maybe a craft project you just finished came together just right. Show us what you did!

Your weekend plans came together and you had a marvelous time! What did you do?

Or something else just came together and you’d like to share it with us here on The Spin Cycle! Link up your posts here any day this week, and hopefully the words for my Spin Cycle will come together by Friday!


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