Beekeeping, Gardening and Quilting in Eastern Wake County, North Carolina

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Blue Orchard Bee

It was interesting that Lee Calhoun does not have honey bee hives on his property. His main source of pollination is the Blue Orchard Bee or Mason Bee. Under the eaves of his open garage/storage shed, he has made "beeboards". He uses scraps of 2x6s and 2x8s and drills as many holes as possible about half an inch apart on the narrow side then nails the beeboards up under the eaves (do not drill completely through the board, leave 1/2 inch of wood at the back of each hole). The nesting sites must be close to the orchard as these bees fly about five hundred feet from the beeboard. And they must be under an eave or cover due to rain.
Another item of interest - deer fencing around his property and he traps the squirrels and moves them to another location. He puts electric fencing around his corn (a small plot) because of the racoons.
AND NO WEEDS ANYWHERE - not even a thought of one