Cre­ate a multi-crea­ture log stack

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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

Spade

Se­ca­teurs

3-4 small fern plants

Septem­ber 2018

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.

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