I am a backyard gardener of absolutely no repute! I garden for boredom relief and the ability to snack on fresh produce.
Many media releases keep reminding us of the slow demise of the environment and I would like to do my bit by providing habitats for beneficial insects. I have read articles on building native bee hives and " homes " for wasps and other " good bug friends " so if anyone out there has some good ideas they woild be greatly appreciated, keeping in mind that my building skills are on a par with my gardening skills.
Hi Ken (@kagey)
We all have to start from somewhere! Hopefully you'll receive plenty of great advice and inspiration from Workshop members to help improve your skills and knowledge. And good on you for wanting to do your bit for the environment.
You might be interested in this previous discussion on Workshop - Would you share your backyard with bees?
I'm looking forward to seeing what other members might contribute to the topic.
I was given an insect house that looks a little like this. I hung it up on the fence and it looks pretty but I haven't seen a single insect or bee use it! It's probably in the wrong location....
Would also appreciate any tips.
This article may be able to help as it explains the building and placement of insect homes:
Insect Hotels - Encourage Beneficial Insects Into Your Garden
This doesn't look too difficult @kagey - https://www.bunnings.com.au/diy-advice/outdoor/pets-and-wildlife/how-to-make-a-beehive
If you take the measurements into Bunnings you can usually get them to cut the wood for you. Best to go in during a quieter time.
Many thanks for sharing your experience and knowledge @theQuinny. Great to have you join us. Welcome to the community.
We hope you find plenty of helpful information and inspiration for your projects from other community members and look forward to reading about your projects and plans.
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@kageyI've built a few Native beehouses before, they are really easy to make and fun too. I'll see what pictures I can dig up.
All these were made from recycled Bunnings Pallets, the idea was to reduce good timber going to land fill whilst also providing a home for Bees.