As Parent'Map's mason bee primer says, "keeping native non-stinging mason bees — even in urban spaces — is a surprisingly easy way to help the environment, and it’s also an inexpensive and educational project for kids." And these hyper-efficient air pollinators will do wonders for your fruit trees, berries and gardens. One way to attract mason bees to your garden is to make a simple mason bee paper tube.
To make your own mason bee paper tube, you'll want to use recyclable 8 1/2" x 11" paper that is clean on one side.
Cut the paper in half so that you have two sheets, measuring out at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2".
Other supplies needed: liquid, non-toxic white glue, a 5/16th " dowel, a damp rag for sticky fingers, and an overall washable surface.
Looking for a good children's book about beekeeping?
We recently flipped through the beautifully illustrated "Bees in the City" and loved its take on urban beekeeping (not to mention its empowering message of how one small person can make a positive impact). Recommended for ages 4 to 8.