Only in Sweden there are more than 270 different kind of bees, The honeybee is of course the famous one, with its swarming hive mind and production of delicious, and nutritious honey. Most other bees are actually solitary and don’t produce any honey, but still plays an important part in a healthy ecosystem. Especially when it comes to food production. About a third of the food we eat comes from plants that bees and bumblebees pollinate. Sadly, bees are endangered and the numbers are declining.
Wild bees usually build their homes in holes of old trees, but due to increasing urbanizing many bees are currently struggling. Supporting the bees and bumblebees with a bee hotel or bee house in your garden or balcony is an easy way give a helping hand. Unlike honeybees that can fly several kilometres away from the hive in search of flowers. Solitary bees usually stay within a few hundred meters of the nest. By successfully creating a place where bees can thrive, they will become small caretakers of your garden. This will result in a more colourful garden and higher yield of fruit and vegetables.
Our bee hotel is a wooden hotel with bamboo tubes for the bees to nest in. The placement of the hotel is very important, it should be done in a sunny and wind-protected place and about 0.5 to 2 meters of the ground. Preferably surrounded by wildflowers such as, Lavender, Lilacs, Wisteria, Mint, Sunflower, Poppies, Honeysuckle, Lantana and Sedums. Obviously any flower will do, but these are the bees favourite.