A Chicken In Every Garden


Chicken In Organic Garden

Here in north Texas, the summers are hotter, longer and drier than ever. Growing an organic vegetable garden in this climate can be... tricky, so you have to utilize every available advantage to get your produce from garden to table. Hopefully my blog will not only provide you with gardening tips but also inspire you to grow more of your own produce, regardless of where you live. If you'll just follow Mother Nature's path, you'll find yourself engulfed in a fresh, nutritious and very tasty world of homegrown vegetables. So prepare to get your hands dirty and use the old noggin for something besides a hat rack.

But really folks, it isn't rocket surgery. After all, I'm doing it, and so can you!



7/21/2020 7:34:08 AM

I have to agree with Atikokan. Chickens can be extremely destructive in the garden (and orchard). Ours dig (scratch) up everything and eat the plants before the ever eat a slug or aphid. Probably because our aphids are in the tree leaves and the chickens are not. And neither the chickens nor the ducks on our farm like slugs, even if dropped in front of them. Nor tent caterpillars, moths or... the list goes on. We have one or two 'helpful' hens who follow me around when I'm working in the garden who will make a meal (for a few minutes) out of earwigs and ants. Our Guineas actually do a much better job -- far less destructive. Also chicken manure needs to age/compost for at least a year before it should be used in the garden. It can burn and spread some rather nasty pathogens if used directly.

6/17/2014 3:37:07 PM

Our garden is surrounded by a 6-ft. fence to keep all the two- and four- legged critters out. Our chickens will decimate the garden in very short order, so I let the girls in the garden on a limited basis. They're invaluable for reducing pests in the garden, and for fertilizing, so before I do my spring planting, I'll close the chickens in the garden for a few weeks to do their work - sometimes longer than that, depending on the year and when I start planting. Their bedding and droppings are composted, so it all returns to the garden in one form or another. The small orchard we have, however, is not fenced in, and so far we've had no problems with pests. I attribute this to our chickens, certainly not the environment here in NJ!

6/11/2014 3:48:39 PM

Sorry it didn't work for you. Maybe just keeping chickens around the outer perimeter will help you with the bugs, plus you'll still get the fertilizer and eggs. Good luck with your garden this year! RDC

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