We love to make something out of nothing. Whether it is making our own Woodburning Stove, building our own Pallet Chicken Coop or making all manner of things from recycled materials.
This time we're making the most of the natural materials available to us in our local area. A fun project I wanted to do with the kids was to build a Bee Hotel to provide shelter for the pollinators and other bugs that are essential for a healthy Garden, so we went on a hike up the mountain to see what Mother Nature could provide us with.
Near the top of the mountain their is a natural font/water source, and beside it is a huge stand of bamboo growing beside the trail. We cut a few canes to use for our bug hotel and have started putting it in a basic frame that will be our bug hotel when I get a chance to drill holes in the bottom blocks and finish it off.
|DIY Bee Hotel from Bamboo and Pallet Wood|
The tips of the canes we brought down the mountain with us have been dipped in rooting hormone so hopefully we will be able to get some of our own bamboo growing on the land. Although if it is left to run riot bamboo can be seen as invasive for us it would be an invaluable resource for building and making things around the homestead, I am certain we can find uses for it far quicker than it will grow!
|Cuttings of Wild Bamboo|