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Daniel, your figs look delicious and what an accomplishment! Your skills pay off with good nourishment. I like the idea of putting your chicken tracker in garden spots that need work. I did not think of it myself, but from the various sites I watch each day.
By the way, I went into the greenhouse for the first time since June 27. It is a jungle. I called my granddaughter to asked if she wanted tomatoes; there are bushels of them ready to be picked and they are extremely tasty. She just came to my room telling me she is on her way to pick a bushel full for her dinner tonight. She is the one with 5 kids.
I only spent a half hour or so before my strength gave out. I am on my way to bed now.
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Well then, let's sing the praises of grasses and chamomile! At least they have roots in the ground and nourishment from the hens. According to permaculture, turn a problem into a solution! Use nature, don't fight it.
Since the chickens are "destructive," use that destructive power to work for you.
1. Pile your compost in the center of the hen yard and let the chickens compost if for you
2. If you have a place where you want to start vegetables, put an electric chicken fence around it, put the hens in there and throw their daily ration in the fenced area. Let the hens scavenge for the seeds and till the ground for you, or at least get the ground loosened up a bit.
3. Figure out how much ground you need for the number of chickens you have, fence it with electric chicken fencing and let them do the work of eating and scratching.
4. Do you have a bug/pest situation, turn your hens out on them. You may lose some vegetables or fruits, but it beats picking bugs and slugs. Again, use fencing to keep them where you want the chickens.
If I were asking your question, I would want at least four plots for chickens so that I could get the seeds or plants started in all four, then rotate the chickens from plot to plot throughout the summer.
Electric chicken fencing could be used because it is light and easy to move. Also, it protects chickens from predators.
Have you tried any of ground covers - Annual Ryegrass - Perennial Ryegrass - Buckwheat - Flax - Millet - Forage Peas - Red Clover - Alfalfa?
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Thomas, I don't remember; let's hope it was green peas. I don't remember sweet peas, but what would a kid remember?
Thanks for that information, I will put it in chicken file.
Did your grandma use sweet peas or green peas? I understand that sweet peas are toxic to chickens.
Daniel, I'm jealous of your zinnias. I've tried to grow them without much success.
Gee, I just about forgot zinnias exist! I should plant some next year. Thanks for the reminder.
Daniel, that pot of multicolored Zinnias is attractive.
Thomas & Joan, I like your chicken garden stories.
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