Saturday, June 21, 2014

A "Critter Hotel"

Over the last few days I have been working on converting a part of our garden that is dedicated to pollinators, which involved moving some plants that they don't like {such as feverfew} and adding more that they really like. 

To this bed I added some more bee watering stations and some toad houses {a post about those to come!}, but the main feature added is a mini habitat sometimes called a "critter/insect hotel". Ours is a little bit different from some others one might find, being that the structure is an old bundle buggy, although it is pretty much the same idea.

I buried the buggy about 8 inched in to the ground and added some half-composted sod to the bottom on the inside. On top of that I started layering things such as sticks and garden pots to give some sturdiness. Inside all sorts of pretties are stuffed in there to create various living conditions in the hopes of attracting more wildlife friends.

On the top I added some compost and moss, planted some lobelia and placed a piece of an old log with some holes in it for solitary bees.

To find out more about insect hotels and to get ideas on how to create you own, watch this great video. 





  1. It's really beautiful! Have the bugs moved in to their lovely new abode?

  2. Why thank you! :) Yes, we have what I believe to be mason bees and there are some type of cocoons. I have seen a couple of toads and a snake that have taken up residence too. The baby skunks who live underneath our neighbour's shed seem to like it that back area too.