Gardening with Chickens: Plans and Plants for You and Your Hens

Gardening with Chickens: Plans and Plants for You and Your Hens

by Lisa Steele


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Welcome to a world where chickens and gardens coexist!

Join Lisa Steele, chicken-keeper extraordinaire and founder of Fresh Eggs Daily, on a unique journey through the garden. Start by planning your garden and learning strategies and tips for keeping your plants safe while they grow. Plant with purpose, choosing from a dozen plans for theme gardens such as Orange Egg Yolks or Nesting Box Herbs. Or choose a design that's filled with edibles - sharing the bounty with your family and your feathered friends. Then comes the fun part: enjoy the harvest, even let the chickens graze!

Lisa's friendly writing, together with inspirational photos and illustrations, will have you rolling up your sleeves and reaching for your gardening tools. Lisa also covers a range of topics just for chicken-keepers, including:

- Chickens and composting

- Using chickens to aerate and till

- Coop window boxes

- Plants to avoid when you have chickens

- Lists of the most valuable crops and herbs

- Advice on how to harvest and use many of the plants

- And much more!

Whether you're an experienced chicken keeper, master gardener, or just getting into these two wonderful hobbies, Gardening with Chickens is an indispensable guide for a harmonious homestead.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760350478
Publisher: Voyageur Press
Publication date: 11/04/2016
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 337,654
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Lisa Steele is a fifth-generation chicken keeper who has been around chickens most of her life, so it’s no surprise she has made her name raising her own backyard flock and sharing her farming adventures. Lisa is also an aspiring herbalist and avid gardener who shares tips and advice on both her award-winning Fresh Eggs Daily blog and Facebook page of the same name. She holds a Maine Master Gardener certification and her popular website has been named one of Better Homes & Gardens Top Ten Gardening Blogs. 

A regular contributor to such publications as Hobby Farm and Chickens magazine, as well as and, Lisa has become the most trusted voice in natural chicken keeping. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and on NPR, and has appeared on PBS and the Hallmark Home and Family show. She is currently hosting her own "chicken lifestyle" television show Welcome to my Farm on Maine's NBC affiliate News Center Maine. 

She is the author of Let's Hatch Chicks!Gardening with ChickensFresh Eggs Daily, and Duck Eggs Daily, and tours the country speaking and signing books at the Mother Earth News and Country Living fairs. Lisa lives on a small farm outside of Bangor, Maine, with her mixed flock of chickens, ducks, and geese as well as a corgi and barn cat.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Chapter 1 Getting Started 11

Planning Your Garden's Location 15

Creating a Chicken-Safe Yard 25

Starting Plants from Seeds or Seedlings 34

Garden with Your Chickens in All Seasons 37

Chapter 2 The Raised Bed & Beyond 45

Constructing a Raised-Bed Garden 48

Planning a Raised-Bed Garden 53

Other Garden Ideas 57

Chapter 3 Herbal Feed Supplement Gardens 64

Getting to Know Herbs 67

Feed Supplement Garden 78

Garden for Optimal Egg Production 81

Garden for Orange Egg Yolks 84

Garden for Healthy Baby Chicks 87

Garden for Respiratory & Immune System Health 91

Chapter 4 Edible Gardening & Your Chickens 95

Soil for Edibles 97

Good Bugs & Bad Bugs 100

Gardening in the Spring 105

Edibles for the Fall 109

Edibles to Avoid for Chickens 113

Chapter 5 Creative Gardens for Chicken Keepers 115

Nesting Box Plants 117

Nesting Box Herb Garden 118

Edible Flowers 121

Edible Flower Garden 123

Natural Wormers 126

Natural Wormer Garden 127

First-Aid Kit 129

First-Aid Kit Garden 132

A Word on Limited Space 135

Five-Herb Container Garden 136

Chapter 6 Composting 139

All about Compost 141

Composting with Chickens 145

Chicken Poop Tea 150

Chapter 7 Landscaping Your Run 155

Landscaping & Chickens 157

Perennials 162

Annuals 165

Other Landscape ideas 168

About the Author 170

Acknowledgments 171

Further Reading & Resources 171

Index 174

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