Making, Crafting, Creating... aka Whatcha workin' on?

My new solitary bee house is already attracting bees!


This mama appears to be loaded with pollen:
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I discovered yesterday that Mr. Linkey never did that art project in grade school where you paint a picture of a tree by blowing on the paint with a straw, so we made these. (I picked mine up before it was dry, so it looks kind of macabre, but his came out awesome!)

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“Murderous Tree” by ClutchLinkey.

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Be a little careful, borage can be a beast.

Nothing too terrible but certainly harder to get rid of than I had anticipated.

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This looks amazing! Have you done a pollinator site assessment? Xerces Society has one I’ve been using (I think I cued it up for your region, but if not, they have them for all over).
I think you already score high, but we found last year when we did our property it gave us ideas we wouldn’t have thought of otherwise, like leaving leaves and logs and rock piles and such.
Also, it was really fun cataloguing all the plants that grow, it took all year minus winter.

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Thank you for the heads up! Now i know to keep an eye on it. I just planted some today.

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Thank you! I didn’t know about the assessment, that will be fun to check out. Much of the purpose in what we planted/did is definitely native insect and bird support. I used the Texas Wildflower Center as a big resouce. Their plant database is amazing and not just Texas plants. Texas Wildflower Central - Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
I found so many of the native seeds from Prairie Moon nursery. It is hard to find milkweed seeds. The ones we bought are germinating at a fantastic rate. https://www.prairiemoon.com/
Now that I know the seeds from Prairie Moon are viable, I’ll be purchasing and stratifying more for some guerilla gardening.

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How deep did you drill the holes, pray tell?

It’s going to be a soggy day tomorrow, so ideal drill-pressing weather

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5" deep for holes larger than 1/4". About 3-4" deep for holes 1/4" and smaller.

https://extensionpublications.unl.edu/assets/pdf/g2256.pdf, see page 3.

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One taker in my parents hotel:

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