Spring Gardening Plans
March 7, 2014
By this time last year, I was already growing peas on my front porch, and they were just starting to sprout. I also had six garden boxes set up in my backyard for the bulk of our vegetable gardening, but those boxes were removed after the final harvest in fall because our chickens have forced us to rethink our entire garden layout. Basically, I'm starting from scratch. Again.
In some ways, I'm relieved. I really enjoy the process of starting over, especially if something isn't working, and right now our backyard is a mess. There are giant dirt patches where the old garden boxes used to be, and the chickens have scratched and dug at the loose soil so much that we're slowly losing our lawn. I go outside with a rake every weekend to pile it all back in place so the grass underneath doesn't die off, but I'll eventually need to figure out something more permanent.
Is it possible to have chickens AND a nice backyard? I'm determined to make it happen (or at least try).