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: