The Q&A Archives: Toads

Question: Are Toads a nuisance or helper in the veggie garden?

Answer: Consider yourself lucky to have toads in your garden. One toad will eat 10,000 - 20,000 insects a year, plus slugs, flies, grubs, cutworms and grasshoppers. (Frogs are equally important, they're just smaller with smaller appetites.) Protect your living benefactors and encourage them to stay by placing a small saucer of water on the ground in the garden for them to drink from, or sinking a birdbath into the soil so they can drink and bathe. I even put out a toadhouse - a terra cotta pot set upside down and propped up with a few stones. Keep the toadhouse in a shady spot and the toads will hop in to rest.

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