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What a lovely frog saga. A hedgehog once spent the winter in one of the black bin bags which I use to collect leaves for leaf mould and which resides in my potting shed - the back of the garage really. I often find frogs asleep in the morning in pots in my cold frame which I have watered the night before. Wild creatures do make good use of whatever is available, Kate, as you have found out. I found some blackbirds' nests in my monstrous yuccas, when I was trimming them, with crisp packets, bits of fleece etc beautifully woven together. The storks in The balconies in Hong Kong build their nests of nothing but street detritus and as they are very wide they use plastic bags a lot.


  • That is such a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing it with us. Maybe you could consider having a permanent little frog sanctuary in a corner of your garden you seem to have the right magic for it.

    My pond is full of little tadpoles although I had heard from anecdotal sources there was a shortage of them this year, so I am delighted to see them back again as usual.
  • So now, the frogs are designing your garden? Excellent!
  • I was worried I would'nt get any frogs this year as I found over 20 dead in my pond ( it was when we had all that bad snow & cold weather ). It was very upsetting as over the years I have saved the tadpoles from being on my fishes dinner menu, so have become quite attached to the frogs. But to my delight this week I have heard croaking & found a hugh ball of frog spawn in my pond :) to which I have moved to what I call my tadpole nursery. Hopefully they will soon replace all my lost frogs from this winter!! To be continued.....
  • oh your so lucky to have frogspawn,as of yet i havent got any in my pond....over the winter i found 2 large dead frogs [second year running],i have only seen 1 frog in my garden this year normally this time of year there are loads hoping around on the lawn etc...i wonder if i will get any spawn?

    kate,i do so love your story and how sweet they are still with you,are you gonna do a pond for them?
  • how can i attract frogs without a pond,do i need a pond if so could i put a water pump in the corner just moving the water about slowly will that green thumb
  • how can i make them sleep over the winter can they smell water or compost piles and do they try and get there mr green thumb
  • happymarion – thank you, and how lovely. I cycle past a coots’ nest every day, which is made entirely of polystyrene boxes that you get your chips in after a night out. It’s really horrible to look at, but if it helps successfully raise baby coots…

    Molokoloko – thank you. I’m a bit reluctant to have such an eyesore as a permanent feature as my garden is only 4m square! But I expect the frogs will win, as I’m too soft. Glad you have so many tadpoles!

    Milo de Paor – it would seem so, yes

    Plug – that’s great news. Fingers crossed you’ll soon have lots of baby frogs running around. Also, you could read my blog on dead frogs for ways to prevent frogs dying in your pond over winter in future.

    miss tadpole – thank you, yes, they do have a pond, though it’s only in a tub trug. I made it for the frogs I rescued out of a drain a couple of years ago.

    green thumb – a pond is ideal, really. If you don’t have room to dig a pond, you could just make one in an old sink or tub trug, making sure the frogs can enter and exit easily. Frogs also need plenty of long grass and dense foliage, so they can travel around the garden easily.

  • Thanks for sharing that story. it's wonderful for the frogs and you.
    I have a small pond and a resident frog called jeremy. He is a welcome companion and since taking up residence my slug population has virtually disappeared.I'm hoping the foxgloves i have been given will survive now although as one is starting to come up I noticed its bottom leaves are being chewed. I hope Jeremy finds the vandal before too long.
  • How lovely! Your story sums up one of the best things about gardening - nature's thwarting of 'the best laid plans of mice and men'. We recently noticed that some blackbirds have made a nest in our garden, right at the top of a messy eyesore of a hedge that we'd planned to cut down... needless to say, the hedge is now going to stay put!
  • Well about an hour ago i saw a big bumble bee going in and out of holes and gaps it was searching for a place to set up home the reason i noticed ,,because i read about them on this site...its sad that a coot made its nest out of people,s rubbish but i suppose it,s water proof,im a learner gardener put loads of bulbs all over my front garden 3weeks ago.Im noticing when the birds make a load noise i always see, a kestrel or sparrow halk..its amazing what i can see when im working on my garden, They been there all the but never noticed green thumb
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