Free-range Chicken Gardens: How to Create a Beautiful, Chicken-friendly Yard

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Timber Press, 2012 - Gardening - 221 pages
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Many gardeners fear chickens will peck away at their landscape, and chicken lovers often shy away from gardening for the same reason. But you can keep chickens and have a beautiful garden, too! Fresh eggs aren't the only benefit chickens can actually help your garden grow and thrive, even as your garden does the same for your chickens.

In this essential handbook, award-winning garden designer Jessi Bloom covers everything a gardener needs to know, including chicken-keeping basics, simple garden plans to get you started, tips on attractive fencing options, the best plants and plants to avoid, and step-by-step instructions for getting your chicken garden up and running.

For anyone who wants a fabulous garden where colorful chickens happily roam, Free-Range Chicken Gardens is the guide that will bring the dream home to roost.


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As a new chicken owner and vegetable gardener, this book was a wealth of information. Her information coincides with the abundant research I've already done on breeds, coop building, runs, etc but ... Read full review

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practical considerations
3 designing a chickenfriendly garden
4 landscape materials for chicken gardens
5 plants with purpose
6 innovative chicken housing
7 friends and foes of hens in the garden
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Jessi Bloom is an award-winning landscape designer whose work emphasizes ecological systems, sustainability, and self-sufficiency. She is a certified professional horticulturist and arborist, as well as a long-time food gardener and animal enthusiast. Owner of Pacific Northwest-based landscape design firm N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes, Jessi has been praised as an innovator in sustainable landscape design. Recognition for her work includes awards from the Washington State Department of Ecology, American Horticultural Society, Pacific Horticulture , Sunset , 425 , Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association, Washington Association of Landscape Professionals, and the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, where she received gold medals and the People's Choice award. She lives in Mill Creek, Washington with her children.

Kate Baldwin lives and gardens in Portland, Oregon. She has contributed to gardening books, newspapers, and magazines including Portland Monthly , where her column, Dig, and gardening blog, Plantwise, appear.

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