Open for BEEsiness!
My Hubby Made a Bee Motel!
We are recent garden people. I love my herbs and Zach loves his weed pulling. When we bought our home just last year, we were fortunate enough to have two caged in areas — A little aggressive to keep the bunnies out, but they were old dog cages or something.
In the first one, we kept a walking path down the middle and removed every other square foot block for herbs and pepper plants. The back ‘cage’ is for Tomatoes, zucchini, radishes etc — this year we added a small brick path down the middle.
As for any plant, herb, flowers to bloom — there is a common denominator; BEES!
Welcome to the Larson BEE hotel!
What you’ll need:
• Milk or OJ gallon jug, cut down; about 3-4″ high
• Sticks, all different kinds of sizes are just fine!
• Plant Stalk, hollowed (your old veggie/plant dried out and cleared)
• 8 zip ties (or 4 if they are longer)
• Kraft Paper and tape (optional)
Easy Steps in making your own!
- Gather sticks and KEEP your dried out old veggie stalks. We left our plants in place all winter and dug them up early April — let them air out.
- Cut the stalks down to about 4″ – 5″. Use a tough stick and clean out the insides of the stalks.
- Use an old milk or OJ carton as the ‘foundation’. Zach wrapped his in kraft paper with tape all around from the rain.
- Pierce holes in the middle of each side on the bottom, place a zip tie all the way through to connect to the fence later.
- Stuff the carton full of regular sticks.
- Now start to switch out sticks for hollowed out stalks — we had about 25.
- Connect another zip tie to your original poking through and loop it through the fence. Clip off extra if desired.
- You may have to fill in the container with a few more sticks to keep it really tight.
- Voilà! Hotel is open for BEEsiness!