Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]
Mason bees - Page 4 Toplef10Mason bees - Page 4 1zd3ho10

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.

Mason bees - Page 4 I22gcj10Mason bees - Page 4 14dhcg10

[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Update on Marie's mom
by mollyhespra Today at 19:03

» Zucchini Bread
by Scorpio Rising Today at 19:02

» Birds of the Garden
by countrynaturals Today at 18:38

» The SFG Journey-Johnson Su Bioreactor for composting, No turning
by has55 Today at 17:10

» Sqft Gardening w Transplants
by AtlantaMarie Today at 16:29

» Butterfly Junction
by AtlantaMarie Today at 16:22

» Senseless Banter...
by countrynaturals Today at 12:08

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by countrynaturals Today at 11:12

» New England August, 2019
by hammock gal Today at 8:19

» Cover Crops??
by OhioGardener Today at 6:41

» SFG FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER - AUGUST 2019
by Dan in Ct Today at 6:34

» I love gardening!
by AtlantaMarie Today at 6:07

» Sanderson's Urban SFG in Fresno, California
by AtlantaMarie Today at 6:03

» SFG Troubleshooting
by sanderson Yesterday at 10:53

» Happy Birthday!!
by sanderson Yesterday at 10:17

» Hello from Gilbert. AZ
by sanderson Yesterday at 9:53

» CANADIAN REGION: what are you doing in August 2019
by Kelejan Yesterday at 9:26

» new to Louisville Ky
by sanderson Yesterday at 9:18

» Fifth Year SFG in Canada
by sanderson Yesterday at 9:16

» Famous Gardening Quotes
by Dan in Ct Yesterday at 5:20

» Cape gooseberry
by OhioGardener Wed 21 Aug 2019 - 16:46

» August Avatar: Beat The Heat!
by countrynaturals Wed 21 Aug 2019 - 9:52

» Rosemary -- What do you do with it?
by LilBittyBean Wed 21 Aug 2019 - 9:49

» N&C Midwest: August 2019
by OhioGardener Wed 21 Aug 2019 - 9:35

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by OhioGardener Wed 21 Aug 2019 - 6:20

» LED grow lights......any advice?
by RJARPCGP Tue 20 Aug 2019 - 13:33

» Identification needed
by Scorpio Rising Sun 18 Aug 2019 - 21:40

» Faith-based Community Garden
by johnbmarek Sat 17 Aug 2019 - 20:40

» First Timer. Zone 5b 8x8 SFG
by crankyoldman Sat 17 Aug 2019 - 10:17

» Cheerleaders needed, please. This is daunting.
by countrynaturals Sat 17 Aug 2019 - 8:52

Google

Search SFG Forum

Mason bees

Page 4 of 4 Previous  1, 2, 3, 4

Go down

Mason bees - Page 4 Empty Re: Mason bees

Post  OhioGardener on Sun 21 Jul 2019 - 14:43

A friend asked me to make a short video on how to attract native bees to the garden that he could use in a class he teaches. I went out this morning to capture some of the Mason Bees on the cucumbers, and then put together a short video incorporating those into it. Thought some here might enjoy it as well. If you have suggestions on how it could be improved as a teaching moment, e sure to let me know.

OhioGardener
OhioGardener

Posts : 1050
Join date : 2018-08-06
Location : SW Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Mason bees - Page 4 Empty Re: Mason bees

Post  Scorpio Rising on Mon 22 Jul 2019 - 17:37

Wow, nice!  The only thing I thought of was I didn’t have time to read the didactic page of info, maybe break that info up into a few pages with smaller bites?  

Off topic; what are those smaller bumble-type bees?  I have a bunch of those too?  They are cute, and love the melon blooms and stuff on the south side annex.
Scorpio Rising
Scorpio Rising

Female Posts : 6972
Join date : 2015-06-12
Age : 57
Location : Ada, Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Mason bees - Page 4 Empty Re: Mason bees

Post  has55 on Mon 22 Jul 2019 - 21:14

Thank you, OG. How wide is the wood limb and how deep? Did you drill the holes all the way through it?
has55
has55

Posts : 2061
Join date : 2012-05-10
Location : Denton, tx

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Mason bees - Page 4 Empty Re: Mason bees

Post  OhioGardener on Tue 23 Jul 2019 - 6:35

Thanks, SR!  I debated splitting that text into two pages, or hoping that the viewer would be able to use the pause to read it. I think it should be split into two pages.... 

I suspect those larger ones are Squash Bees, but not certain about that.
OhioGardener
OhioGardener

Posts : 1050
Join date : 2018-08-06
Location : SW Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Mason bees - Page 4 Empty Re: Mason bees

Post  OhioGardener on Tue 23 Jul 2019 - 6:59

@has55 wrote:Thank you, OG. How wide is the wood limb and how deep? Did you drill the holes all the way through it?

I cut the limb into 7" or 8" sections.  The holes need to be at least 3" deep, but it is preferable to have them 6" deep. They must be closed on the end - if the hole is drilled all the way through, so it is open on the end, the bees will not use it.  I drilled holes of various sizes from 5/64" to 3/8" in order to attract different types of solitary bees (Mason Bees need 5/16" holes). Most that I see are the Orchard Mason Bee, and the Leaf Cutter Bee.  The smallest holes are used by my friends the Aphid Wasp (plant Sweet Alyssum in the garden to attract the Aphid Wasp).  

Check out the Wings in Flight article, Attracting Solitary Bees
OhioGardener
OhioGardener

Posts : 1050
Join date : 2018-08-06
Location : SW Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Mason bees - Page 4 Empty Re: Mason bees

Post  sanderson on Tue 23 Jul 2019 - 12:17

Informative video. Very Happy

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast
sanderson
sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 18115
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 70
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile https://connect.xfinity.com/appsuite/#!!&app=io.ox/mail&

Back to top Go down

Mason bees - Page 4 Empty Re: Mason bees

Post  Scorpio Rising on Tue 23 Jul 2019 - 18:47

Thanks!  I have heard they like the hollow stalks of the sunflowers after the season?  I always leave them, should I?
Scorpio Rising
Scorpio Rising

Female Posts : 6972
Join date : 2015-06-12
Age : 57
Location : Ada, Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Mason bees - Page 4 Empty Re: Mason bees

Post  Dan in Ct on Wed 31 Jul 2019 - 7:22

Hi Scorpio Rising,

I plan on trying to use the cut to length stems of Japanese Knotweed if the stems are in the desired diameter parameters in building my nest boxes for early next spring when trees of all kinds blossom. I am also going to trial a homemade bumblebee nest using a cinder block,  a cement cap and plastic flex hose. The hard part will be to train mice to run in and out of them to make them more welcoming to a bumblebee. trivia, mason bees can fly in colder weather than most bees. Now to see if their emergence is tied to Growing Degree Days.
Dan in Ct
Dan in Ct

Male Posts : 133
Join date : 2014-08-10
Location : Ct Zone 6A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Mason bees - Page 4 Empty Re: Mason bees

Post  OhioGardener on Wed 31 Jul 2019 - 7:43

@Scorpio Rising wrote:Thanks!  I have heard they like the hollow stalks of the sunflowers after the season?  I always leave them, should I?

Don't know 'bout that, SR, but here are a couple interesting articles on hosting native bees you may find interesting:

https://xerces.org/in-your-pollinator-garden-november-2013/

https://www.houzz.com/magazine/small-carpenter-bees-are-looking-for-a-home-in-your-plant-stems-stsetivw-vs~39422662
OhioGardener
OhioGardener

Posts : 1050
Join date : 2018-08-06
Location : SW Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Mason bees - Page 4 Empty Re: Mason bees

Post  OhioGardener on Wed 31 Jul 2019 - 7:44

@Dan in Ct wrote:Hi Scorpio Rising,

The hard part will be to train mice to run in and out of them to make them more welcoming to a bumblebee.

"Dan, the mouse trainer..."   Laughing
OhioGardener
OhioGardener

Posts : 1050
Join date : 2018-08-06
Location : SW Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Mason bees - Page 4 Empty Re: Mason bees

Post  Dan in Ct on Wed 31 Jul 2019 - 12:12

OhioGardener, after our private messaging about mason and leafcutter bees, I received the quarterly issue of The Laurel, The Ct Master Gardener digital magazine and it had an article on building mason bee houses. So I shared some of the information I shared with you and now I am writing an article for The Laurel on season long native plants for native bees. I did find this link although I am still looking for a reference for native bee emergence and Growing Degree Days. I in no way endorse the company or any of its products as I have no knowledge or experience dealing with them other than stumbling onto there site which has  a good amount of information on native pollinating bees, especially the mason and leafcutters.

https://crownbees.com/

Just click on Learn and then on What are Native Bees?
Dan in Ct
Dan in Ct

Male Posts : 133
Join date : 2014-08-10
Location : Ct Zone 6A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Mason bees - Page 4 Empty Re: Mason bees

Post  OhioGardener on Wed 31 Jul 2019 - 15:07

Dan, if you have not already done so, check out the several articles on the U of Maine Extension Office regarding native bees. Some of the publications have duplicate information, but there is a lot of info there.

Bees and Their Habitats in Four New England States

Understanding Native Bees, the Great Pollinators: Enhancing Their Habitat in Maine

Why Conserve Native or Wild Bees?

[url=Why Conserve Native or Wild Bees?]301-Field Conservation Management of Native Leafcutting and Mason Osmia Bees[/url]
OhioGardener
OhioGardener

Posts : 1050
Join date : 2018-08-06
Location : SW Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Mason bees - Page 4 Empty Re: Mason bees

Post  Dan in Ct on Thu 1 Aug 2019 - 7:24

OhioGardener, thank you. Funny how Ct is not one of the 4 New England states. We are not part of eXtension either which I hope to change because of the educational opportunities that it makes available. Here is the link To Managing Alternative Pollinators. I would have thought Ohio State University would have had a huge library on native alternative pollinators and must have but probably need to be an insider. That is just one of the benefits here as a Master Gardener and part of the extension service, I have access to an expansive agricultural library when I need it.

https://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Books/Managing-Alternative-Pollinators

If you click on the Learning Center it can take you to Courses and Cirricula plus a host of other free learning opportunities and fact sheets.
Dan in Ct
Dan in Ct

Male Posts : 133
Join date : 2014-08-10
Location : Ct Zone 6A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Mason bees - Page 4 Empty Re: Mason bees

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Page 4 of 4 Previous  1, 2, 3, 4

Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum