That bees are dying in plague proportions is bad news – and not just for bees. Without the wasp’s sweeter cousin there to pollinate them, just about every thing you enjoy eating will be on the endangered list, from apples to beans to coffee and grapes.
What can you do to help, you ask? A bit, it turns out. Inner-city folk around the world have recently begun housing beehives in their backyards and rooftop gardens to boost bee numbers. There are plenty of off-the-shelf hives you can buy online, but we recently stumbled on a nifty design that’s both large enough to shelter a whole swarm (they call it a “hotel”), and simple enough to make in a spare afternoon.
All you need is a some plywood, some wood sealant, a drill to make the little hotel “rooms”, and these step-by-step instructions care of Modern Farmer. Of course, there are a few things you’ll need to do to keep your hive happy once they move in. For more handy hints on becoming a successful urban apiarist, visit Farm Style. Oh, and try not to get stung.