partially buried terra cotta pot used as a garden toad house
Photo: Kolin Smith
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August: Invite a Toad to Stay Awhile

While they're not the most graceful of garden creatures, toads feast on flying insects and plant-destroying cutworms. Give these hoppers a habitat near your beds by making a shelter from a cracked or chipped terra-cotta pot. Simply turn the pot on its side and partially bury it in a shady, cool spot, preferably near a light source, where bugs congregate. Toads dig a moist environment, so don't worry if water pools around or inside the pot. Just avoid using chemical fertilizers or herbicides nearby, which can harm the little guys. After all, they're doing you a big favor.
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