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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This is one of the coolest books I have had the privilege of reviewing. I love chickens. My son and I have conversations about getting chickens as soon as we swap our apartment for a real house. We ... Read full review

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Yes I have chickens. :) I liked this book for the pretty pictures. Not really a alot I could use though since I'm not urban living. Read full review

Contents

introduction
7
chickens and gardensworking together
10
practical considerations
36
3 designing a chickenfriendly garden
60
4 landscape materials for chicken gardens
92
5 plants with purpose
112
6 innovative chicken housing
146
7 friends and foes of hens in the garden
178
afterword
203
conversions and hardiness zones
204
resources
206
acknowledgments
209
photo credits
211
index
212
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Jessi Bloom is an award-winning ecological landscape designer whose work emphasizes ecological systems, sustainability, and self-sufficiency. She is a certified professional horticulturalist and certified arborist, as well as a long-time chicken owner with a free-ranging flock in her home garden. Owner of Pacific Northwest-based landscape design-build 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 magazine, Sunset, 425nbsp;magazine, the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association, the Washington Association of Landscape Professionals, and the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, including gold medals and the People's Choice award.

Kate Baldwin is a food and lifestyle photographer in Seattle, Washington, whose work appears frequently in advertisements, magazines, and books, and can be seen at www.katebaldwinphotography.com .

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