Create a multi-creature log stack
A whole range of garden wildlife will benefit from this log stack. The wider gaps at the base will give sanctuary to frogs and toads, while small mammals and birds can get shelter in the drier sections further up. The pot at the centre makes a decorative feature and is packed with material that provides habitat for insects, including a host of beneficial predators that will help control plant pests in your garden. Plenty of creatures will take up residence as soon as your stack is built, but as the logs and carpet start to decay it will teem with ever more life and develop a food chain that will continue to sustain wildlife.
YOU WILL NEED
20 logs (each approx. 30cm long)
Large clay flower pot
8 reclaimed bricks
Old bamboo canes and twigs, palm fronds or bracken stems
Offcut of hessian carpet, approx. 1.5m length and 30cm wide
3-4 small fern plants
3 Pile the logs on top of the bricks and around the pot to make a rounded stack, wedging them in a stable fashion. Cut the carpet to width, if necessary, and place over the top of the stack with the hessian side upmost. Use a couple of bricks, leaning against each side of the stack to hold the ends of the carpet in place. Plant ferns along the front edge to provide extra shelter.
2 Cut sections of bamboo cane, twigs, palm fronds or bracken stems to length and fill the pot with these, incorporating a round log at the centre to hold these materials in place. Pack the material tightly into the back of the pot.
1 Use a spade to excavate a shallow trench deep enough to set bricks flush with the soil surface and long enough for two bricks either side of the flower pot. Position the flower pot on its side, with one edge slightly buried and wedged firmly in place between the bricks.