You know when you get a super cool idea but you can’t do it yourself? I’ve been learning a lot about the decline of our pollinators and wanted to make a bee house to help attract and keep these worker bees. But I didn’t have the skills to make what I wanted. You are not going to bee-lieve what Hubby surprised me with.
Over the 4th of July weekend, Hubby decided to take an unprecedented five day vacation from work. He was finished with my “honey=do” list by day #4 so I was surprised when on day #5 he asked about the bee house we had been talking about. I had a few pictures of ideas printed out, and talked him through what I had in mind.
He used scraps of wood that we had extra from another project and glued them together to make the roof.
While that was doing its thing, he bored holes in a tree stump. A couple of months ago, Hubby helped one of our neighbors cut down a tree and we were tree-ted (smile) with some wood for our fireplace. This stump was from that project.
He then stained the roof and cut out a triangle for the front and back to be able to secure to the stump.
The roof was then secured to the stump and stained. Now let me go back a bit and give you the back story of how this all came to… BEE.
It was about two years ago that I started making some epic changes in my health and environment. We live in the burbs so of course we had pest control come in to the house to spray to minimize the bugs and critters. Doesn’t everyone? One day, I noticed around 20 dead bees on our back porch. I thought it was odd, but then remembered the pest control had recently sprayed. Could the two be related?
After some research, I found out that yes, pest control sprays, along with other sprays and cleaners are one of the factors which are wiping out our pollinators.
It wasn’t until our recent sustainable garden tour that I jumped on the “save the bees” bandwagon and started researching how to make a bee house. I was actually surprised at how interested Hubby was in the project. I loved the details he added… check out the adorable chimney!
And the porch! How stinkin cute is this porch! I am on the hunt for some little Adirondack chairs and some patriotic bunting. Can’t you see the bees sitting out on the porch enjoying some sweet tea?
The holes are about two inches deep. We strategically placed the bee house in the flower garden and near the vegetable garden so it would be close to the pollinators. It’s only been up for a few days, and I keep checking but I haven’t seen any bees yet. Maybe I need a welcome sign?
Yes, it’s easy enough to purchase a pre-built bee house, but it was a lot of fun to watch how excited Hubby was to make one himself. Maybe next up we will go full-on bee keeping. Hummm….. But for now, I’m completely smitten with the bee house that Hubby built.
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