Posted 8th Feb 2018
Gardens are often overlooked when it comes to craft and upcycling activities
Despite this, there are a few simple garden projects you can get involved in, and now will be the perfect time to get creative before Spring starts.
This simple how-to guide will look at how to get started with bird and bee houses - these are important to attract to your garden, as they're both desirable pollinators.
1 Building a bird box
Start off by building or sourcing a simple box in the garden that encourages birds and bees to nest. You can buy these pre-made or alternatively make your own. It doesn't need to be enormous or elaborate - you can go for a rustic or makeshift look. Try upcycling old pieces of wood or containers that you no longer use.
2 Adding plants and materials
After you've found a container, add plants, various wood and materials to create holes and nesting opportunities. Providing little hideaways within the larger container will mean the birds and bees are more likely to settle.
3 Nesting holes
Leaving small piles of nesting material around the garden is a useful way of encouraging bees. Look for small holes and gaps in trees and hedges, and fill these with biodegradable waste, including excess twigs and foliage.
4 Bird feeders
Create homemade bird feed from seeds and a simple fat, such as lard. You can find relatively inexpensive bird seed mix in pet or homeware shops. Mix the fat and seeds together to make a ball - if you hang these near the bird containers, it will encourage birds to return to the spot and eventually, will take up nest within the birdhouse.
Tree bumblebees have a fondness for birdhouses with small holes - an easy craft includes adding bamboo to birdhouses to encourage birds to stay.
Tutorial courtesy of Andy Baxter from Internet Gardener