Yes, we are here!

At MOTHER EARTH GARDENER and MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we have been educating folks about the benefits of self-reliance for 50 years. That includes researching and sourcing the best books and products to help individuals master the skills they need in times like these and beyond. Our online store is open and we are here to answer any questions you might have. Our customer service staff is available Monday through Friday from 8a.m.-5p.m. CDT. We can be reached at 1-800-456-5835 or by email. Stay safe!

6 Ways to Protect Beneficial Toads

Toads feed on common garden pests, which is why creating a healthy toad habitat will benefit your garden.

| Fall 2017

  • Portrait of a Common toad (Bufo bufo) with blurres grass background.
    Photo by Rudmer Zwerver

Question: My garden is filled with toads all year long. I’m cautious when digging so I don’t hurt them, and I don’t till. However, I feel like there’s more I could be doing for these beneficial creatures. What do you recommend?

Answer: To befriend toads (and virtually all other small wildlife), one must meet the animals’ specific needs: feeding, reproducing, and hiding. Toads are not too difficult to please if you remember that they’re predators and that they feed on other living things, including snails, slugs, worms, pillbugs, ants, and roaches. Also, toads are amphibians, meaning that although they live on dry land, they must return to water to reproduce. And finally, toads dry up easily and need shelter during daylight hours and dry weather.

Here are some suggestions that will benefit toads in urban communities:

1. Increase the amount of non-grassy areas in your landscape by creating flower beds and ground covers, which make good, long-term microcosms.

2. Mulch flower beds heavily with organic material. This increases important soil moisture and provides temporary habitats during inclement weather.

3. Delay tidying up old plant matter in fall to extend microhabitats.

Become a Preferred Subscriber and start enjoying the benefits today!

Fall in love with the flavor, versatility, and beauty of Mother Earth Gardener

Mother Earth GardenerDelight your taste buds, mind and eyes with beautiful photos and inspirational techniques on everything you need to know to grow, preserve and cook your own heirloom fruits and vegetables. You won’t want to miss the stories about plants passed down from generation to generation.

Don’t miss a single issue of Mother Earth Gardener. Published by the editors of MOTHER EARTH NEWS, Mother Earth Gardener provides decades of organic gardening experience from the most trusted voices in the field. Join today and save off the newsstand price! Get one year (4 issues) for only $24.95! (USA only)

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube

click me