The newly released book, Gardening with Chickens, by Lisa Steele combines my two favorite hobbies. It blends chicken keeping with gardening in an original and purposeful way that will open up your eyes to new possibilities. If you are looking to raise a healthy flock, this book covers gardening for optimal egg production, edibles to avoid planting and herbs to add to nesting boxes.
Spring is right around the corner, so this is the perfect time to start your planning. This book will assist you in finding the perfect spot for your garden. You will also be guided on how to start seeds, and the pages are filled with multiple landscaping ideas. There is a whole section dedicated to gardening in the spring! Just as every poultry lover does, I enjoy watching the chickens nosh on freshly grown micro greens, wheat grass, marigolds and herbs. It's always rewarding to be able to provide your pets with freshly grown plants. One day soon, I would love to have multiple gardens dedicated to chickens, and this is the perfect guide!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Lisa teaches you how to plant with a purpose and create a sustainable way of living. If you are looking to lead a healthy and happy lifestyle while saving time and cutting down on waste, this is the book for you. It is great for a person like me who is just starting out and looking for a step-by -step guide. Each chapter is filled with information that will take you down the path of becoming more self-reliant and a homesteading expert.
In chapter 2, The Raised Bed & Beyond, Lisa covers the benefits of growing in containers. She dives right into how you can construct your very own raised-bed garden and protect your crops from chickens and weeds. There are plenty of detailed descriptions that will fill you with ideas and plans for more beneficial growing. I enjoyed reading about building your own salad bar for your feathered friends. I've always wanted to give this a try, and this book really gave me the motivation to do so! I love how she talks about adding window boxes. It's such a simple way to add so much beauty to your coop, and keeps the plants off the ground and safe from rabbits and groundhogs.
I've always heard of chicken chunnels, which are tunnels for your chickens, but I wasn't sure where to start. These tunnels allow your chickens to roam in a designated area in your garden without harming your crops and also protect them from flying predators. They are very easy to build and can be picked up and moved often to whatever spot you desire. Lisa provides all the information you need to create your own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lisa runs one of my favorite blogs, Fresh Eggs Daily. Her love of animals really shines through in everything that she writes! She is always sharing new tips and tricks on backyard poultry keeping, as well has helpful gardening advice. In her most recent article, Plant A Nesting Box Herb Garden, she shares some great information from the book! Her blog has recently been named one of Better Homes & Gardens Top Ten Gardening Blogs. Make sure to check it out!
Lisa is a fifth-generation chicken keeper, who currently lives on a small farm in Maine with her chickens, ducks, dogs and a barn cat. She holds a Maine Master Gardener certification and is a regular contributor for Backyard Poultry and many more of my favorite publications. She also frequently appears around the country speaking at events like Mother Earth News and Country Living fairs. Make sure you follow along with her on social media!
I would definitely recommend Gardening with Chickens to anyone who wants to run their very own healthy and happy household. Maintaining a flock of chickens, as well as your very own gardens, can be a very rewarding experience. Combining the two can take living a sustainable lifestyle to the next level. Even if you don't own any chickens yet, this book can really assist you with setting up an area and landscaping your yard for a future flock. Whatever point you are at on your farming journey, this book is here to keep you motivated and provide you with the ideas you are looking for. I want to give a big thanks to Lisa for inviting me to review her wonderful book! Don't forget to click the button below and get yourself your very own copy.