There are no bees in the mason house yet, but it's still early in the season. I haven't given up hope. Maybe it takes the lone female bee a while to settle on where to establish her home. After all, she has to build the nest, collect the pollen, and care for her young by herself. She'd want to pick the perfect place. Having the house right next to the kids' sandbox might not help either. We'll see.
In the meantime, it's time to start planting. For Christmas, I received a vegetable-garden terrarium to try my luck at growing fruits and vegetables from seed, rather than buying plants to transplant into the yard. Yesterday, I created my mini garden. The box had everything I needed, from germination disks (which expanded into soil when I added water) to five packs of seeds to a bag of decorative gravel. They even threw in a little plastic cow to add that farm touch.
After I'd prepped the soil and laid out the gravel, I planted seeds for strawberries, green beans, lettuce, and mini carrots. With any luck, in a couple of months, I'll have enough miniature vegetables to make myself a miniature salad.
While I wait, the kids are trying their own hand at gardening. Target had mini greenhouses in their dollar section a couple of weeks ago. It seemed like a foolproof way to have the kids see fast results before they could lose interest. Sure enough, the seeds germinated within a few days, and the kids are currently growing their own cilantro and basil.
The cilantro, in particular, is thriving. Too bad I'm not growing tomatoes in my mini-garden. Then we'd be all set to make salsa. Still, I can't wait to harvest our first set of crops, even if it's all in miniature.