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Post  Jay Bird on 4/12/2010, 7:52 am

Has anyone noticed a decline in Bee's yet this year, I have been watching closely and am worried. I have read articles that discuss the problem with B's in the U.S. but last year at this time my blueberry, blackberry and strawberry plants had plenty of bee's but his year I am only seeing Buble bee's.
I am wondering if I should get a temp garden bee box? Hmmm more food for thought!
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Post  Momma Pajama on 4/12/2010, 9:29 am

I think it's too late this year to get them, but have you considered mason bees? They are great pollinators, do not sting, and do not make honey. All you need is a simple nesting box in a sheltered place and some bees to start with. They tend to live and pollinate within a 100yard radius of their nest.

I bought a kit about 10 years ago, and 2 nest boxes, and still have bees going from that batch (even moved them to our new house while they were dormant!)
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Post  timwardell on 4/12/2010, 11:33 am

I haven't see any honey bees or orchard bees - only one lone bumble bee. Colony Collapse Disorder is sadly a very real global phenomenon and the scientists that study the matter still haven't found a smoking gun - although they suspect a combination of environmental factors including widespread pesticide and chemical use.

I saw a bee box / nest for orchard bees advertised at Gardeners.com and built my own using scrap lumber and 1/2" PVC from my garage. Didn't cost me a dime. No residents as of yet, but I did notice the bumble bee checking it out.
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