There is still so much to do in our garden and I think it won't be until next year when it will start to feel finished. But one thing this spring that has been paramount for the children is to encourage some wildlife into the garden. It's so easy to do and doesn't have to be expensive if you look at what you can recycle around you.
Nest Boxes and bird feeders
We also added a few bird boxes and bird feeders from the Wayfair range. Bird feeders can hang pretty much everywhere. We planted a post into a bush and bung a few from there to deter our cat from climbing in the trees and chasing birds. You can also make your own bird feeders using lard and fir cones like we did with the Dorset Wildlife Trust.
Our neighbour has a lovely pond and we keep finding a few frog escapees in the garden. So Daddy Moo and Charlie used a redundant washing bowl and some rocks to make a small pond. We are hoping to get a bit of frog spawn in there.
In our old house we had a lovely invertebrate hotel (above) made from a massive wooden wine rack and odds we found out and about. For Charlie's birthday we bought him a ready made one from Morrisons (think it was £3) to get us started. Charlie is working on a project at school to build one. You literally can use anything from old pallets to wine racks – anything that has a stacked shape, with holes you can place things into, such as rocks, moss, shells, broken pottery and bamboo etc. is going to be a winner.
Flowers don't just look pretty but they also attract a plethora of insects – bees, butterflies and caterpillars. Kew Gardens are currently giving away free packets of wild flower seeds. If you don't have any flower beds then use plant pots - remember you can recycle pretty much everything as long as you add drainage holes and some small stones - old wellie boots, car tyres, plastic containers, china teacups, buckets.
What plans do you have to make your garden wildlife friendly this summer?