I was working in the garden the other day when I suddenly noticed I had an unexpected visitor.
He was very patient while I chased him around with my camera trying to get shots because I thought he was just so cute! After a while I resumed my gardening and he hung around to keep me company. David and I were talking about toad houses just the other day, and after seeing "Toadie" in the garden I told David we should make a house for him.
There are many expensive and elaborate toad houses for sale online, but we just used a large terra cotta pot that we
found at a local thrift shop for $2. To begin, David simply chiseled out
and smoothed half of the bottom of the pot to provide a back door escape
hatch for the toad in case he gets chased into the house by a predator.
We then buried the bottom half of the pot in a shady corner of our garden to
help keep the inside of the house cool and damp. To make it look like a
part of the garden, David transplanted some sedum and other plants from
another location. I really like how it turned out!
Since we use organic gardening methods, we welcome the toads because they will eat insects and pests that we don't want messing with our vegetables. We also feel good that we are giving the toads a place to hang out and hopefully helping to boost their population.
Do you have any toad houses in your garden?
PS - We found this post very helpful in planning our toad house.
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