A couple of weeks ago, I put my chickens to work tilling and fertilizing a new 5’x10’ garden bed. I moved their mobile run to a grassy area near my raised bed gardens and let them scratch away. They did not disappoint! It’s hard to believe that the area inside the run was once lush and green. Now, it is grass and weed free and filled with organic fertilizer, courtesy of the girls.
This fall, I will plant lettuce and other greens in the new bed. At the ending of the growing season, I will till in what hasn’t been eaten by humans or the chickens, adding valuable nitrogen to the soil. (Yes. The chickens will be rewarded with fresh lettuce/greens.) When spring rolls around, I will plant sweet corn in this plot. And yes, the chickens will get sweet corn. Mostly used cobs. The nutrients they take in will be used to make eggs and more fertilizer. It’s a beautiful cycle, isn’t it?
Thank you Lucy, Marcie, Peppermint Patty, Sally, Frieda, and Sue Sylvestor!
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