Frog hideaway

It is all good and well to have an organic herb garden, but something that makes a garden, any garden, extra special, is to shape it and encourage wildlife in such a manner that you are creating a little living and functioning eco-system.

At my parent’s place where they have a beautiful large fish pond right next to my mom’s herb garden, our conversations are often interrupted with the beautiful “bloop-bloop” of the little frogs and the deep croaking of the larger bullfrogs in and around their garden. With all the rain we’ve had in Randburg the last while, and I guess having our complex built quite close to a stream, we have even had our fair share of frogs hopping around our garden.

Wanting to encourage these creatures into my herb garden, I thought I’d better try and find a way to create a hide-away for them. A broken terracotta pot I had lying in my garden inspired me to make them a little “frogitat” – a cool place to rest during the heat of the day and a safe space to hide from dangerous creatures (such as my jack russels who find the frogs just fascinating 🙂 )

Why frogs are good for your garden:

  • They can eat many insects which can become pests if not kept in check
  • They are indicators of good environmental health of your area
  • They may forage on decaying plant matter (especially vegetables which won’t be fit for humans any more)
  • Children benefit from interacting with frogs


  • If you have a pond, great, but sometimes just providing refuge for the frogs as they move from one area to another is perfect too
  • Frogs can become noisy, so check with neighbours if they’d mind your froggy house
  • Rather than bringing frogs into your area, encourage them to come to you – unless you know very well which frogs are suited to your environment

Here’s how I did it:

Materials needed:
  1. Broken terracotta pot
  2. Acrylic paints
  3. Varnish
  4. Paintbrushes
Step 1 : Paint your pot  Step 2 : Add finishing touches & varnish
Use your imagination and paint your pot however you wish – I decided to stick with a nature-idea to fit in with my herb garden. Creative husband of mine thought that he’d make a sign to let the frogs know there is a safe “home” for them

Step 3 : Choose a suitable spot in your herb garden and place your frog hideaway

7 thoughts on “Frog hideaway

  1. Angie

    January 12, 2010 at 6:09am

    Hi there,

    Love your frog house! Chloe and i are going to make one right now;-)

    Let me know when you blog again!

    Angie and CHloe

  2. ben

    January 12, 2010 at 8:59am

    How did you break the pot in such a way?

  3. minette

    January 12, 2010 at 9:59am

    Hi Ben, we’ll have to get the secret out of my male Jack Russel, Vinny, he managed to break the pot perfectly when he bumped it off one of my steps last year 🙂

  4. Petra Tripmaker

    February 6, 2010 at 10:36am

    Hi my friend

    Last Saturday I found a toad under my Thyme bush. Now I’m even more inspired to make a froggy/toady home. Thanks for the great idea.

  5. minette

    February 6, 2010 at 3:13pm

    It’s a pleasure, Petra. May you have many more amphibious friends to your garden 🙂

  6. Patio Furniture

    February 8, 2010 at 9:23am

    Thank you for sharing this. I am going to try this by weekend. I really love the creativity.

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