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A Book Review: Gardening With Chickens

A Book Review Gardening With Chickens

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.

Gardening With Chickens | angiethefreckledrose.comSpring 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!

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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. 

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A look inside the book

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. 

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Chicken chunnels: photo featured in Gardening with Chickens

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.

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Freshly laid eggs & Lisa's latest books


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!

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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. 

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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.

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  • image-in-ing: weekly photo linky
    February 24, 2017 at 6:27 am

    I miss having chickens… hens, anyway. I think the neighbors would have a stroke if we were to have chickens here!
    I hope you’ll come share at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2017/02/worship-in-beit-sahour.html

    • Angie
      February 24, 2017 at 9:11 pm

      I would be happy too! Thank you for the invite and have a fabulous weekend 🙂

  • Helen
    February 24, 2017 at 8:01 am

    What a unique hobby! Also, your chickens are adorable.

    • Angie
      February 24, 2017 at 9:14 pm

      Thanks Helen!

  • Alexandra
    February 24, 2017 at 9:57 am

    You don’t normally think gardening and chickens go together – and they shouldn’t. Great ideas for keeping them separate. I loved the “chicken chunnel”!

    • Angie
      February 24, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      Isn’t it so cool? I can’t wait to try building one 🙂

  • Nikki
    February 24, 2017 at 10:03 am

    This sounds so cool! I have always wanted to start my own garden, but I seem to kill plants lol. I am just not cut out for farming and gardening, but its so cool how people can live off the land.

    • Angie
      February 24, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      I know how you feel Nikki! Gardening is lots of trial and error, but it is a very rewarding hobby! Books like this help set up farming and planting for success!

  • Debra
    February 24, 2017 at 11:20 am

    I have always wanted to have chickens, I love to garden and I think it would be such an adventure!

    • Angie
      February 24, 2017 at 9:19 pm

      It is such an adventure Debra! There is nothing like growing your very own tomatoes and enjoying the love of your animals at the end of the day 🙂

  • Jeanette
    February 24, 2017 at 11:40 am

    A friend of mine would like to do this. She’s been doing a lot of research on chickens and gardening and all that stuff this book would be perfect for her. I will tell her all about it.

    • Angie
      February 24, 2017 at 9:48 pm

      Thanks for spreading the word Jeanette! Have a lovely weekend 🙂

  • HilLesha
    February 24, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    I have always wanted to have chickens, but alas, I don’t have any! Despite that fact, I’m still looking forward to gardening this spring. 🙂

    • Angie
      February 24, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      Oh, me too! It’s so close, I can see the daffodils and tulips beginning to poke out of the ground!

  • Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife
    February 24, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    This book not only sounds helpful, but it looks lovely too! So many people I know raise chickens and have gorgeous gardens but sadly I am not talented in either area 😉 Thank you for this book review! I can think of a few friends who would love this as a gift.

    • Angie
      February 24, 2017 at 9:51 pm

      It is! I love visual books, I feel like I learn better when I can see it too 🙂 This would make a perfect gift!

  • Jacqui Odell
    February 24, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    I have a friend who is interesting in getting some chickens. I bet she would like this book!

    • Angie
      February 24, 2017 at 9:52 pm

      Chickens make such great pets 🙂 Have a great weekend Jacqui!

  • karen
    February 24, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Planting with a purpose is major. I love the mindset of this book. Especially with the chickens. I have many friends who have chickens and its been intriguing to me.

    • Angie
      February 24, 2017 at 9:54 pm

      Exactly Karen! It’s really enjoyable to have a lifestyle that includes animals and nature 🙂

  • Gennifer Rose
    February 24, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    We had chickens growing up and I so wish I could have chickens again. Unfortunately my doggies would have one of my chickens for lunch :/

    I just started planting my seedlings for this summer’s garden. Can’t wait to see my little sprouts 🙂

    Gennifer Rose | http://www.GenniferRose.com

    • Angie
      February 25, 2017 at 5:04 pm

      That’s awesome you grew up surrounded by chickens Gennifer! They really are such wonderful and beneficial animals. Good luck with your little seedlings, I did the same this week 🙂

  • Lynn
    February 24, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    We had chickens for a few years. They each had their own personality. Friendly, playful, bossy, skittish, etc. And fresh eggs are the best. Thanks for the great review.

    Lynn N.
    Pinterest/Twitter: @emmaandrose
    Instagram: @emmaandroseblog

    • Angie
      February 25, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      They definitely do! I love the sassy chickens who can get a bit feisty. I completely agree Lynn, fresh eggs are a lovely benefit 🙂

  • Teresa
    February 24, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    We have hatched baby chicks so many times, but we were never able to keep the chickens as we cannot have chickens in our village or subdivision. So jealous

  • Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh
    February 24, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    I want chickens and a garden!! This book was sort of meant for me! Ha! 😉 Really though, I have a black thumb, and have tried to garden, going to try again this spring. However, I will say that I’d LOVE to have a couple of chickens.

  • Elizabeth O.
    February 24, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    That sounds like a great book for people who are planning to grow chickens but don’t really know where to start. It’s very informative and detailed.

  • Charlotte
    February 24, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Thanks for the book review, it sounds like a good read! I love the photos 🙂

  • Paris @ My Big Fat Happy Life
    February 24, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    My mom has been wanting chickens for years! I’ll have to get her a copy of this book. She’ll love it!

  • travel blogger
    February 24, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    I will have to check out this book. We just moved to a house where I can finally have chickens, and I have always been drawn to more sustainable practices. This summer I will have to finally go out and get started!

  • Jessi
    February 24, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    This seems like such a neat book. I have been trying to convince my husband that we need chickens, but he isn’t buying it.

  • Our Family World
    February 25, 2017 at 9:20 am

    sounds amazing book. i would like to have a copy and send it as agift to my bff!

  • Riva
    February 25, 2017 at 10:22 am

    This looks like such a great book! We raised chickens for almost 10 years, but have moved into a new house and haven’t gotten any, YET! I’d love to have this book on the shelf for when we get around to getting chickens again!

  • Terri Steffes
    February 25, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    What a delightful book. I wish our neighborhood association would let us raise chickens. I think that would be awesome for our families.

  • Reesa Lewandowski
    February 25, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Owning chickens is a dream of ours!!! What a wonderfully fun book! I would still want to give it a read!

  • Cindy Ingalls
    February 25, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    This books sounds so interesting. I’ve never really given much thought to raising my own chickens, but it would be nice to have fresh eggs.

  • MrsFricksey
    February 26, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    This book looks interesting! I will check it out. Love your chicken pictures!

  • Kim
    February 26, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    I love your website…so cheery and always has great photos:)

  • Heather
    February 26, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    This looks like such a fun book! I grew up with chickens in my backyard. I’m in city limits where chickens are not allowed but love to visit them at my parents’ house!

  • Jennifer (JenuineMom)
    February 27, 2017 at 8:00 am

    What a fun and novel approach to gardening! I love the idea of carefully choosing plants (and places) for your chicken-friendly garden. And I adore the book cover.

  • Lydia
    February 27, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    This looks like such a great book for gardening! So fun, I’d definitely check this out!

  • Lori
    February 28, 2017 at 6:06 am

    Great review, Angie! I also love the blog redesign, it looks beautiful!

  • Chelsea Damon
    February 28, 2017 at 9:18 am

    My mom would love this! I grew up with chickens around the house and they still have them.

  • Casa Mariposa
    February 28, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Waaahh!!! I want chickens!!

  • Leslie Hernandez
    March 1, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Pretty interesting book, I love gardens and plants I don’t know about having chickens though. Don’t get me wrong I love animals but the only pets I would like its a puppy. I would love to have a home with a beautiful garden someday. You just became my go to person for plants and home gardens questions.

    Great Post!! xoxo

  • Samantha
    March 1, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    I’ve always wanted chickens, but we live in a gated community that doesn’t allow them. Those chicken tunnels look like they would be fun to set up. Thanks for joining the Family Joy Link Party!

  • Cynthia
    March 2, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    What a great book. We used to have chickens and we loved them. They do eat the bugs! Thanks for linking to the This Is How We Roll Link party. See you next week.

  • JES
    March 3, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    I LOVE and have her first book, FRESH EGGS DAILY so I am sure I would love this one. Thank you for sharing this with our readers at the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth! Your pictures are so pretty too 🙂

  • Michelle@gmail.com
    March 3, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    Nice to see you Angie…I would love to garden with chickens, but I find my yard is visited by geese and ducks…It sounds like a great book..Michelle

  • Staci @ A Chick And Her Garden
    March 5, 2017 at 7:43 am

    I love Lisa Steele’s books!! Thank you so much for sharing on the Homesteader Hop!

  • sahana
    March 5, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Sounds interesting! Thank you for sharing with us at #HomeMattersParty . We would love to see you again next week.