Hoot Hoot, this guy is the new pollinator pied a terre. Our owl-like bug hotel to bring in solitary bees, beneficial wasps and lacewings, not to mention those wonderful spiders who take care of so much of the garden and help to pollinate our vegetables and flowers.
Those of you on facebook or instagram will have seen this guy; he was a bigger project my Superhero and I worked on together. The box body is reclaimed wood we had on hand. The drilled logs for bee nurseries came from a chopped down dead tree in our back yard. The pinecones came from pine trees on our morning walks. We recycled cardboard for the “wings” and around the eyes and purchased a small bundle of garden bamboo to tuck in between the logs, and the chicken wire was in the barn. His funky ears are left overs from that same downed tree. About 95% upcycled I’d say.
He’s off to the shapes show at the gallery first as my sculptural entry, and if he goes home to another garden we have a simpler version already in the works as a stand in. We also plan to use the stump of the dead tree which we left quite tall to house one and some bird houses on top. Even though we’ve still snow on the ground, my heart if falling into the garden. Now if we can figure out how to construct a rain barrel drainage system to harness the water off the barn and send it to the garden behind in one swoop, I’ll share. Permaculture is a wonderful thing. Compost away and bring in those good bugs.