Pictured above is an example of a bee house.
In the Garden
By Norma Jean Worden-Rogers
Without bees, there would be no fruits or vegetables. Lacking these things would mean that the world as we know it would be drastically altered. Let’s look at a single species of bee this week – the Mason bee. Mason bees are solitary in nature and like their honey-making relatives, are involved in the pollination business. This type of bee doesn’t produce honey, but does help plants spread their pollen which occurs when the bee moves from flower to flower. They like to live in narrow holes such as stalks of flowers, in beds of hay, or in trees. It's important to help these insects and a simple way of helping this species is to make bee houses and place them throughout your garden close to the ground. The easiest way to create a ‘bee house’ is combining hollow stalks together and tying them in a bundle with string. Another way that these houses can be made is by taking an old piece of wood and drill 3-5 inches into the wood using a 5/16th bit. You can use varying sizes of drill bit to create homes that appeal to many different types of bee. You can tell that bees are living in the stalks when the holes are sealed – this often happens in the early to late fall. At the community garden, we have a number of these houses to help our furry little friends! Check out our blog for more information on gardening, food preparation, and interesting stories: sackvillecommunitygarden.wordpress.com"
– Sprouts Program When: Tuesdays and Thursdays - July 3 until Aug. 29 – 9:30-11a.m. – Where: Tuesdays at the Community Garden, Thursdays at Salem Elementary. Bring your kids that are between the ages of 6 and 12 to this free program in partnership with the Tantramar Family Resource Center! As usual, the Sprouts have a plot at the community garden. However, this year RCE Tantramar built 6 new garden beds at Salem Elementary that will be used on Thursdays! Come grow vegetables, flowers, herbs, and other tasty things to eat and learn about sustainability! This is a drop in program - no sign up is required.
– Yoga at Memorial Park When: July 19, 12:30 p.m. Come to this free yoga class that is being taught by Nava Yoga's Leanne Laracy. Unwind after a long week of work in this hour-long session.