Your garden could be home to some 2000 species of insect. They are working to pollinate your plants, keep pest numbers down and help the garden ecosystem thrive.
Many species, including lacewings, ladybirds and solitary bees, hibernate over winter. They also need a safe, dry place to store their eggs until spring arrives.
But their natural habitat is disappearing, so it is down to us gardeners to provide a home for them. And you can make one using just recycled materials!
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Step by step guide
You can use anything as a container, but here I’m going to show you one I made using the drawers from a little wooden storage unit.
First, arrange the drawers to make one large container and screw them together. Then paint the wood with fence stain to protect it from rain damage.
For my filling I used straw, card and pampas grass, but there are alternatives. Hollow bamboo canes are ideal while twigs, pine cones and dry leaves will house a huge range of insects.
Cut out the seed head stems of bamboo and chop them into lengths that fit into your container. They will make hollow cavities that are perfect for insects to use as nesting tubes.
Because they are fluted, you will end up with a range of hole sizes suitable for different species.