Step 1

Cut Bamboo Stems in Short Even Lengths

Cut Bamboo Stems in Short Even Lengths

Use sharp pruners to cut short pieces of bamboo stalks in short equal lengths.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Cut Bamboo Stems

Use sharp pruners, loppers, or a hacksaw to cut short, even lengths of bamboo stalks. Don’t worry about the thickness of the bamboo stalks; the natural variation in size will attract a range of different bee species. 

Step 2

Fill Clay Pot with Cut Bamboo Stems

Fill Clay Pot with Cut Bamboo Stems

Fill base of small terra cotta pot with thick layer of modeling clay. Push the cut stems of bamboo into clay until they are packed in tightly.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Fill Clay Pot With Bamboo Stems

Fill the base of a small terra cotta pot with a thick layer of modeling clay and push the cut bamboo stalks into it. Continue until the pot is full and the stalks are sitting snugly inside the rim. 

Step 3

Stuff Gaps Between Bamboo Stems with Moss

Stuff Gaps Between Bamboo Stems with Moss

Stuff gaps around bamboo stalks with bits of dried moss to hold them firmly into place. Keep stems pointing down to avoid rainwater.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Stuff Gaps With Moss

Stuff the gaps around the stalks with moss or dried grass to hold them firmly in place. Try to ensure that all stalks are pointing toward the ground, so that rainwater does not pour into the holes. 

Step 4

Use Excess Rffia to Hang Bee House Near Blooms

Use Excess Rffia to Hang Bee House Near Blooms

Tie raffia around the pot and use the excess to make a loop for hanging pot from a hook. Or attach it to a wall in a sunny spot sheltered from wind and close to nectar rich plants.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Use Raffia to Hang Bee House

Tie a piece of raffia or gardening twine around the pot and use the excess twine to make a loop for hanging the pot from a hook. Or attach it to a wall in a sunny position sheltered from the wind, close to nectar-rich plants. 

Step 5

Tie and Secure Raffia Around Bee Nest Pot

Tie and Secure Raffia Around Bee Nest Pot

Tie raffia loosely around pot and push upward until the pot widens and raffia tightens.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Tighten the Raffia

Tie the raffia or string loosely around the base of the pot and then carefully push it upward, toward the rim. As the sides of the pot widen, so the hold tightens.