Make a Place for Your Pollinators to Call Home

Simple steps for creating a sanctuary for bees and other pollinators.
A Finished Pollinator Habitat

A Finished Pollinator Habitat

Photo by: Image courtesy of Ashley English

Image courtesy of Ashley English

It's easy to create an environment that shelters the pollinators so essential to a garden's eco-system.

Join us in welcoming noted homesteader and author Ashley English, who will be sharing her crafty ideas with HGTVGardens. Ashley is the author of four books in the Homemade Living Series (Canning & PreservingKeeping ChickensKeeping BeesHome Dairy), as well as A Year of Pies, all from Lark Crafts. She lives in Candler, North Carolina with her husband, their young son and a menagerie of animals.

Apples, almonds, blueberries, chocolate—who doesn’t love those foods? It’s with immense thanks to pollinators that we’re able to consume those tasty fruits, nuts and other crops. Honeybees are one such pollinator, but there are many other winged creatures that work tirelessly, spreading pollen around a plant, as well as from one plant to the next. Given the amount of work those creatures perform to ensure that the foods we love grow and thrive, it seems fitting to give back in return. Creating habitats and shelter for wild pollinators is one way we can show our gratitude. They’re easy to build and lovely to behold. 

When it comes to constructing wild pollinator houses, there’s no point in limiting the creative possibilities.

Pollinator House How-To

A Finished Pollinator Habitat

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ashley English

Assemble Your Supplies

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ashley English

Create the Framework of Your House

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ashley English

Find Shelves and Dowels to Fit Your House

Photo By: Image courtesy of Felicia Feaster

Add Your Dowels

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ashley English

Enlist a Helper

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ashley English

Finished House

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ashley English

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