Welcome to a world where chickens and gardens coexist. Whether you're an experienced chicken keeper, master gardener, or just getting into these two wonderful hobbies, Gardening with Chickens is an indispensible guide for your homestead.Abundant gardens. Healthy chickens. It might seem like the two just aren't compatible. However, in Gardening with Chickens you'll find the two can t only co-exist, but work together. It's all about planning.Chicken-keeping expert Lisa Steele shares designs for building raised beds, fenced-in gardens, walled gardens, and container gardens that can keep chickens out while your plants grow. Then let the chickens graze! Plant with purpose, with plans for theme gardens such as yellow yolks or herbs for hens. If you're t too keen on growing a garden expressly for chickens, then choose a design that raises edibles for your family and grow just a few goodies on the side for your feathered friends.The book's easy-to-follow instructions, plus ample illustrations and photos, will have you rolling up your sleeves and reaching for your gardening tools. With a variety of other gardening topics, including composting, using chickens to aerate and till, coop window boxes, plants to avoid, lists of the most valuable crops and herbs, and much more, Gardening with Chickens is useful whether you're a chicken keeper who gardens or a gardener with a chicken or two on the side. In addition to planting and growing information, Steele also addresses the benefits of specific plants for chickens as well as advice on how to harvest and use many of the plants. Functional yet beautiful, these gardens will enhance your backyard as well as your chicken keeping.
Lisa Steele is the creative mind behind Fresh Eggs Daily, the most popular destination for natural chicken- and duck-keeping advice. A fifth-generation chicken keeper who has been around chickens most of her life, it's no surprise Lisa has made her name raising her own backyard flock and sharing her farming adventures on Fresh Eggs Daily (R). An aspiring herbalist dedicated to raising her own animals as naturally as possible, she offers practical, down-to-earth, and time-tested advice for raising chickens using herbs and other holistic preventives and remedies-and shows her readers how to have some fun while doing it. In addition to chicken-keeping tips, she also shares gardening advice; DIY projects for the coop and run using repurposed materials; and recipes using fresh eggs, vegetables, and herbs.A sought-after contributor for such publications as Backyard Poultry, Hobby Farms, Urban Farm, and Chickens magazine, as well as Better Homes and Gardens, Grit.com, and HGTVGardens.com, Lisa has become the most trusted voice in natural chicken keeping. She has appeared on local television, P. Allen Smith's radio and television programs, and Discovery Destination America's Coop Dreams.