I have written in the past about our chickens which we keep for eggs and general amusement, but I don’t think I have written much about our garden. Gardening is very important to our family. First, it provides our family with organically grown healthy food with no creepy pesticides or exploitative labor. While we do not grow enough to be entirely self sufficient, when the summer garden really gets going we can hold our own pretty well, and then we supplement with fruits from the farmer’s market. Second, its bit of a zen activity for my hubby.
We have been slowly transitioning the yard from decorative to edible, we have onions growing along our front walk way and tomato plants here and there in the back yard that we planted when other plants died off. We have not gone so far as ripping out the lawn (the chickens have done that for us), but we are being opportunistic about planting something that will produce something tasty when we can.
I am learning that the chickens are also big fans of the garden, meaning they want to chow down on the plants. Now before you call me crazy for not having thought about this, in my defense, the chickens coexisted and even nested under some of our tomato plants and did not give them a second look…however this year they have decided that the plants are delicious and have been relentless in their pursuit of them. We put up fencing, and they scoot through it, or under it or sometimes the cat knocks it open and they saunter right on in.
Today I learned that while I was upstairs folding laundry and excavating my closet, the chickens made their way into the garden and at my cucumber plants. Then, when they were done they set up shop next to the back door and hound me for a treat.
Each year the garden is an experiment, an ever evolving project that we tweak and toy with. This year’s experiment will center around chicken proofing. Or stew.
And thats the farm report.