Chicago Resident Learns Sustainable Gardening with Native Bee Nesting Blocks

Noel Judson, a Chicago resident, installs native bee nesting blocks in their garden to attract pollinators and promote sustainable gardening practices. By following simple steps, gardeners can create a welcoming environment for native bees and support local ecosystems.

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Chicago Resident Learns Sustainable Gardening with Native Bee Nesting Blocks

Chicago Resident Learns Sustainable Gardening with Native Bee Nesting Blocks

Noel Judson, a Chicago resident and member of a local gardening club, has taken an interest in installing native bee nesting blocks in their garden to promote sustainable gardening practices and attract pollinators. "Installing a nesting block is a great way to help attract native bees to pollinate your garden," according to Tim Johnson, senior director of horticulture at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Why this matters: As pollinators face declining populations, innovative approaches likenative bee nesting blocks can play a crucial role in maintaining ecosystem health and food security. By promoting sustainable gardening practices, individuals can contribute to a larger movement towards environmental conservation and biodiversity preservation.

Gardeners can buy or make their own nesting blocks using rot-resistant materials like cedar and redwood, or reuse untreated wood. Drilling different-sized holes, 5/16 inch and 3/8 inch in diameter, encourages different-sized bees to nest, promoting bee diversity. The nesting block should be installed near flowers or trees in a sunny location, protected from wind, and between 3 and 15 feet off the ground.

Placing the nesting block near eye level allows for easy monitoring of bee activity. After a few years, redrilling the holes and soaking the nesting block in a solution of water and bleach helps maintain its effectiveness. The Chicago Botanic Garden's website provides additional information on making homemade bee nests, and their Plant Information Service offers more plant advice.

By following these steps and tips, Noel Judson and other gardeners can create a welcoming environment for native bees, promoting sustainable gardening practices and supporting the local ecosystem. Installing native bee nesting blocks is a simple yet effective way for Chicago residents to make a positive impact on pollinators and the health of their gardens.

Key Takeaways

  • Install native bee nesting blocks to attract pollinators and promote sustainable gardening.
  • Use rot-resistant materials like cedar and redwood to make or buy nesting blocks.
  • Drill different-sized holes (5/16" and 3/8") to encourage bee diversity.
  • Install nesting blocks near flowers or trees, 3-15 feet off the ground, in a sunny spot.
  • Maintain nesting blocks by redrilling holes and soaking in water and bleach solution.