I really love coconut milk, you can put it in to nearly every meal and especially all sorts of curry (have a look here). The one thing that kept annoying me was the tin cans. I just don´t find any company who sells it in glasses.
If you know one, please let me and all the other know!!!!!
As I track the amount of plastic and metal garbage that I produce in 2016 these cans are a big amount of it *rrhhhhh*. I hate it, if something scr*** up my statistic! For about 2 months now, I think of an insect hotel to build and keep looking for material in the garden and all around me. Today it hit me, why not just use the cans as the ground structure so I don´t need to build a wooden frame =).
I guess other people had this idea before me too, but like it always turns out, nobody told me. That´s the reason why I´m telling you know and please tell it everyone you know. Reinventing the wheel is so lame!
- Starting with the collection of cans
That means eat, eat, eat =). No of cause. I only have cans from coconut milk. You can also ask your friends and family (like my article about the canning network). You can also start with one bin!
- Find stuff to stock it with
That´s pretty easy if you own a garden or life near the woods. On my usual run through the woods, I also pass a wetland with a lot of reed. One day I just took my grading scissors with me and on the way back I cut of a bundle of reed.
You can also use branches, fir cone, straw, cardboard etc.
- Preparation of the bins
Please just open the bin on one side. It´s important that the “back” side is closed for the animals to feel save and that they are protected from the weather. Use the coconut milk somehow and wash the bin. Now you are ready to go.
- Choose the size of your insect hotel
It´s totally up to you. You can start with a presidential suit containing 8 rooms *BÄM*
You can also decide for a motel in the beginning with one room and then expend later on with another 2 room hostel =). It´s up to you.
- Where to put it?
Your new animal shelter should be facing south with the open side. Put it somewhere where it´s protected from wind. I got some on my balcony and also in my food trees in the garden. If you have enough, you can always gift an insect hotel to your friends =).
- Uhhh Uhhh Uhh….That’s gonna be legen … wait for it … dary.
If the animal´s won´t come right away, don´t feel bad or disappointed. They need time to figure out the place. To help those, it´s useful to plant some flowering greens on your balcony and garden, so the insects feel welcome and have a reason to be there.