What should you do with your Backyard Pollinator products when they come in the mail? For most folks (unless you're living in the very southern USA), it will not be warm enough to begin hatching the leafcutter bee larvae until mid to late May.
Find a cool place (between 5 & 15C) to store the nesting block (ie. the fridge, a cold room or in a cool garage) and BEE patient. When the daytime temperatures are reaching 25C hang your nesting block (or Bee Barn) in a sheltered location. Under an eave is perfect because the cocoons inside the tunnels are made from leaf material. Wet leaf material will get moldy which will in turn may damage the developing larvae. Find more useful information in the Season to Season User Guide, at backyardpollinator.ca/
Okay folks, here is our **March Give Away**. As we've recently gotten to 2,000 followers on our Facebook page, we'll celebrate by giving away 2,000 BEES. Yes, 2 plus 3 zeros! 2,000 is a special # to us, Jed and I met in Dalby, Queensland in the year 2000.
So with approximately 250 bee cocoons in a 25g bag, that means that 8 lucky people will get a prize from this Giveaway.
Contest ends on Sunday March 29th @ 6pm and the 8 winners will be announced some time on Monday.
To be eligible to win some BEES, please follow these steps:
- like & share this post
- like our FB page Backyard Pollinator
- tag two of your favorite gardening friends in the comments below
Good luck and thanks everyone for BEEing our friends and followers! It's the online friendships that we make that make this business venture fun & rewarding.
PS. If you don't win the giveaway but still want to have some bees, find the bags of cocoons here: backyardpollinator.com/product/hatch-release-loose-cocoons/
We've reached a milestone # of Facebook followers. Thanks everyone!! Watch our page for a "Thank You" Giveaway coming soon.
If you’ve purchased a Backyard Pollinator unit in the past couple of weeks, or are considering doing so, here are a few things you ought to know:
1. For most areas of Western Canada we recommend placing the nesting block outside to develop and hatch around the May long week-end. So just be patient and keep the larvae cool by placing the nesting block inside a fridge, in a cool garage or in a basement cold room. The larvae must be kept between 5 & 15C to remain in a dormant stage. If the bees hatch too soon, there won’t be sufficient pollen & nectar to feed them.
2. Once the nesting block with larvae inside (or the little bag of bee cocoons) is placed outside, BEE PATIENT. It takes 23 days at 25+C for the larvae to fully develop and hatch. And if the temperatures are cooler than that, it takes longer. Bees often won’t emerge from a nesting block until late June (if placed outside the May long week-end).
3. Leafcutter bees are summer pollinators, they love heat. This means that most of your fruit trees will not be pollinated by these bees. Summer blooming plants such as cucumbers, tomatoes, strawberries and raspberries will be benefited by these little bees.
4. Keeping the Backyard Pollinator unit in a dry location is probably the most important advice we can give. Cocoons are fashioned from bits of leaf material and if this cocoon gets wet mold can form. Mold is not good for developing larvae. Hang your Bee Barn under an eave or similar sheltered location.
Take a look at the FAQ tab backyardpollinator.ca/faqs/ to learn more or read through our Season to Season User Guide (at the bottom of our Home page) for our best explanation of how it all works.
Thanks for following along!
A few folks saw the article about our Backyard Pollinator business in last week-end's Leader Post/Star Phoenix (Home & Garden insert). Our thanks to Carol Todd for researching/writing the article and for promoting our business. Flip to page 12-13, zoom in and take a look!
Looking for a fun t-shirt for your spring wardrobe (that also has a great message)? Our Backyard Pollinator shirts are really soft and comfortable and come in a range of women's & men' sizing. The kid's t-shirt is perfect for all "UnBeeLievably Cute" children out there. And we have Bee Socks!!
What am I thankful for? That there are lots of folks interested in our bees this spring and that Canada Post is still functioning. It's been a wonderful, warm week-end for walks with the puppy and being outside with our kids. I've got our orders packaged and ready for the mail tomorrow. Keep smiling and loving life!
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