DIY Pollinator Can

The perfect size for even the smallest home, this simple container gardening project will attract, feed, and house native pollinators.

| March/April 2019

There are more than 4,000 species of native bees in North America, and while supporting European honeybees is important, helping our native population is even more so. Pollinators are responsible for more than 20 billion dollars of food crops each year, and many species are suffering from population declines due to pesticide exposure, disease, and habitat loss. Even urban gardeners with small patio gardens or containers can provide important habitat for these insects.

If every homeowner and apartment dweller built a pollinator garden like this one, what a huge difference we’d make!

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Photo by Jessica Walliser


Build Your Bee Dwelling 

Materials Needed:



  • 31-gallon galvanized trash can
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • 1 piece untreated 2-by-4 lumber, 4 to 5 feet long
  • Enough 50/50 potting soil and compost blend to fill the trash can
  • 8 to 12 pollinator-friendly plants, selected from “Best Host Plants for Bees,” below
  • 1 brick
  • 3 pieces 2-by-6 lumber, 18 inches long (cedar, redwood, or another untreated wood is best)
  • Wood glue
  • Piece of burlap, approximately 1-by-3 feet
  • 30 to 50 natural bamboo garden stakes, 2 to 3 feet long
  • Small roll of aluminum hobby wire
  • Roll of natural jute twine

Tools Needed:

  • Hammer
  • Scratch awl
  • Cordless drill with 5/16-inch and 7/16-inch twist bits
  • Pruning shears
  • Wire cutter
  • Scissors

Create Container & Plant Garden

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Step 1. (Photo by Jessica Walliser).

GazStenzel
3/21/2019 9:58:55 PM

Nice one! Thanks!




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