I’m starting a garden this year after many years without our own space and moving often. With our own garden again, why not get Mason Bees as well? When it came time to order them though, I started to get worried that they wouldn’t do well with the cool, less sunny weather. With some assurances from some friends, we decided to at least give it a try.
When the bees arrived with the kit, I realised the ice pack keeping the bees dormant was completely warm and two of the bees in a vial were awake and moving around. With the weather still cool and hardly any flowers in bloom I worried about their survival. We put them in the fridge for a couple days until finally seeing sun today. I set out one vial of bees today and we’ll put the others out in a little bit.
Our kit contained a cedar bee house with nesting trays and a protective front to keep out pests. We also got a helpful chart and a book about mason bees and pollination.