Ep. 132 Hosting solitary bees – Mother Earth News

In this episode of the Mother Earth News and Friends podcast, Thyra McKelvie of Rent Mason Bees shares with us the important role solitary bees play in pollinating our planet and how we can easily house our region’s native solitary mason and leafcutter bees in our backyards. How do bees pollinate in your garden? They are collapsing!

Thyra McKelvie leads the pollination program at Rent Mason Bees to help gardeners house solitary bees. Her passion is to educate and teach more people about solitary bees and the importance of caring for all of our pollinators.

Additional Resources:

• Our Mason Bee Fall Harvest (why you renting…we do all the cleaning) – https://youtu.be/wzDWeADhOno

• Inside a Mason & Leafcutter block (see the predators inside your block… the importance of why you need to harvest and clean) https://youtu.be/oDNejgF-w5g

• How to successfully raise mason and leafcutter bees – https://youtu.be/NADMbe8WB3A

• “When to trade Mason Bee block for Leafcutter block” – https://youtu.be/nmAIqvJkW50

• Learn what to plant in your garden to support pollinators. Pollinator Partnership has created “recipe” cards for your area. https://www.pollinator.org/gardencards

• What are your baby bees doing? Take a peek inside to see how mason bees thrive. This is a 3 part series. Here is number 1 https://youtu.be/Bgb_KVmcFLA

• If you have kids or grandkids, we’ve created a program to teach kids about pollinators with free printable workbooks and worksheets. Turn kids into backyard scientists – Teach kids about mason bees and how they make our food – Rent mason bees

Learn how leafcutter bees make their nests – https://rentmasonbees.com/purpleleafcutter/

Our podcast team:

Carla Tilghman and Jessica Mitchell
Music: “Two Days” by Jahzzar

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