Cape Town garden designer and author Marijke Honig recently visited Babylonstoren and was taken by the bug hotel’s attractive architecture. You can do the same in your garden with a pile of brush and logs, but this is a version you can show the neighbours.
Insect palaces and bug hotels contribute to biodiversity in the garden, providing a haven for beneficial insects and arthropods (and perhaps the odd mole snake), who help you garden without the use of harmful pesticides.
(Look for Marijke’s new book, Plant Palettes, later in the year – an excellent and beautiful Christmas present for gardeners who would like inspiration for gardening indigenously.)
Photo credit: Marijke Honig.