Attracting frogs into your garden

You don’t have to be a princess to love a frog – gardeners love them too. Frogs are fantastic at pest control, even eating slugs and snails, so it’s well worth making your garden a frog-friendly place.

 

It’s a frog’s life

As all schoolchildren know, frogs are amphibians, living both on land and in water. Female frogs lay their eggs in water in spring. These hatch into tadpoles with gills that allow them to breathe underwater. As the tadpoles mature into adult frogs, the gills disappear and they develop lungs. Around August, adult frogs leave the water and don’t return until they are old enough to mate – typically around three years later. Although frogs can’t breathe underwater, they can absorb some oxygen through their skins, which enables them to hibernate in ponds in winter. They’ll also hibernate on land, in compost heaps or log piles.

To get frogs living happily in your garden, give them somewhere damp and sheltered to live, with access to water to mate and lay eggs, then watch your slug and snail population shrink.

Attracting Frogs into your garden

 

How to make a mini-pond

You don’t need a large garden to make a pond fit for a frog. A large shallow container, like an old sink or even a big plastic washing up bowl, will do.

  • First decide where to put your pond – ideally somewhere that gets several hours of sunlight.
  • Dig a hole deep enough to sink your container at least partially into the ground. Seal any drainage holes, or line it with a butyl pond liner
  • Give wildlife a way to get out of your pond. Add rocks to make a shallow slope at one side or make a non-slip ramp by wrapping a wooden plank in chicken wire.
  • Fill your container with rainwater and add some aquatic plants to keep the water oxygenated. Take care not to introduce invasive pondweed – always buy from reputable suppliers.
  • Grow plants around the edge of your mini-pond as cover against birds and other predators.
  • Now sit back and wait for the frogs to find your pond! (But don’t transfer spawn from elsewhere – this can spread disease).

 

How to make a frog home

As well as access to water, frogs need somewhere to live on land. To make a frog home, pick a shady, sheltered spot near water. Dig a hole about 40cm deep with a flat base, and fill it loosely with logs and rocks, leaving gaps to create tunnels for frogs to move through. Make your pile of rocks and logs high enough to create a small mound above ground, then cover the top and back of the mound with soil, making sure the entrances are clear at the front. If you want, you can plant wildflowers in the soil to provide extra cover.

You might also be interested in:

Top 5 things to store for your winter supply

When the colder days approach, along with harsher weather conditions and the garden goes to sleep for a short time, you may want to stay home some days in the warm with your feet up and watch a movie. It does mean, however, that you will need to think ahead to what food you will need over the winter months that you can gather from the garden or allotment now. This is a great time of year to start storing lots of fresh food to use up the produce you’ve grown and still enjoy it all winter long. 

Read more...
How to make a bee-friendly garden?

Bees are big news these days, and we all know how much we need them. But what with climate change, pesticide use, disease and loss of habitat, bees face a lot of challenges at the moment. Luckily, there are plenty of things we can do as gardeners to make life better for our bees.

Read more...
Home trend: growing Ivy indoors

It’s so easy growing Ivy indoors with little care needs and so many varieties to choose from, you can really play with where you grow Ivy in the home and also the different pots and ways to display it. Since Ivy is so versatile, it can be grown in any room indoors and in plenty of fun ways to soften room decor and be aesthetically very pleasing. Whilst some people prefer not to grow it outside as it can take over, Ivy is actually a great source of food and shelter for wildlife so it’s an essential plant for both inside and outside. 

Read more...
3 x cosy summer night DIY ideas

We have some cool DIY ideas for cosy summer nights. If it has been really hot outside, it is great to cool down during the evening or if the weather has taken a turn for the worse there is nothing like being indoors and creating something fun for yourself or your family and friends to enjoy outside when the weather warms up. From Hygge methods in the garden and soothing lights and accessories, there is always something fun to create with a little cosy twist. We hope you enjoy these great ideas.

Read more...