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A happy garden contains a wide variety of bugs and insects and this is a great way to encourage them to stay. Many beetles, ladybirds, and bees are necessary to pollinate plants and they also eat unwanted bugs, such as aphids. So, why not make a miniature luxury hotel for them to feel right at home in?

Bug Hotel
Our bug Hilton

Time: 10 minutes


1 plastic container
1 knife
Many twigs, dry leaves, bark and pine cones


Clean out a plastic container (we used a two litre milk container).

Bug Hotel
1 Plastic container

Cut the top and bottom off the plastic container, using a sharp kitchen knife.

Bug Hotel
Cut the top and bottom

Collect sticks, bark and dried leaves which are the insect's favorite place to call home. Most insects really love to shelter in pine cones too.

Place your natural materials into the plastic bug hotel, and place it in a cool corner of the garden.

Bug Hotel
Collect dry leaves and twigs

Wait a week or two, then some little creatures will be sure to move in. Ladybirds especially need a place to hibernate over winter and worms help build soil fertility. So start collecting and have fun entertaining your new garden helpers.

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