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Am thinking of doing a similar thing. I have built a pond in my garden and nearby I want to put piles of wood and ferns for the frogs and toads etc to have somewhere to hide.


  • happymarionhappymarion Posts: 4,591
    I fell in love with stumperies when i saw the one built at Hanham Court whose owners had built the one at Highgrove. Mt one under my huge eucalyptus is a haven for wildlife though not on the same scale. It has foxgloves and mulleins in it too so is colourful and the bumblebees love it. I am sure all gardens whatever the size can have a little bit of wild naturalistic planting however small to help biodiversity.
  • I did this with my ex-willow tree,and some 15 years on I still have the log as a seat-come-moss lichen habitate.
  • ould I just appeal to everyone not to go out into the countryside and start bringing wood home, instead of leaving it where it is already supporting its own wildlife. If you've got newly-cut wood on site, by all means use it, but otherwise leave it where it is
  • I would like to do something like this in a new garden but am worried that it will encourage honey fungus, which I seem to have in one area. I read online that the best way to discourage honey fungus is to make sure the stumps are infected with another fungus first, as the first one there generally wins. Is there an easy way to do this other than drilling holes and buying prepared fungus plugs. Is painting the logs with mashed up/liquified fungus another option? My local greengrocer has quite a range.
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  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,471
    Great idea I have a stash of too large logs I could use , I saw a garden with stumps with hostas planted into them as pots.
  • I would be very keen to hear from any British gardeners who have tried hugelkulture (using buried logs to form either raised beds or sunken under level beds). They are supposed to be an efficient way of growing with much less feeding and watering. High yields and no tilling. The carbon and nitrogen balance, mycro fungi and airy roots are supposed to do all the real work.

    Any one out there that's made one and can share hints and tips?
  • AWBAWB Posts: 421




     Hollow concrete blocks in centre to create a hibernaculm ,then well rotted horse manure , then topped with leaf mould and twigs from ditch.

    Planted with ferns hostas foxglove epimedium.


  • Nice one, a really great thing for wildlife.You could have also considered a hugelkultur bed which simpley put is a buried and raised log bed for growing crops.

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