Friday, August 1, 2014

"Free-Range Chicken Gardens" Book Review

Jessi Bloom

"In this essential handbook, award-winning garden designer Jessi Bloom 
covers everything a gardener needs to know, 
including chicken-keeping basics, simple garden plans to get you started, 
tips on attractive fencing options, 
the best plants and plants to avoid, and step-by-by step instructions 
for getting your chicken garden up and running.  
For anyone who wants a fabulous garden where colorful chickens happily roam, 
this is the guide that will bring the dream home to roost."

What I loved about this book, 
was the way it helped me see a different way of keeping chickens.  
Because the garden is designed around the chickens' needs, 
it lends itself to not only providing a gorgeous garden, 
but creating a safe and inviting place for the chickens.  
Plants are carefully selected to offer protection from predators, 
so that the chickens have access to cover should danger arise.  
This allows them to free-range most of the time.  I just love the idea 
that the chickens have ample time outside to scratch, bughunt, 
and enjoy their dust baths, knowing that they are free from peril.  
I can't think of a more symbiotic relationship.  
The chickens are free to roam, eating bugs and depositing manure,and the garden benefits.  
The garden and the chickens are nurturing each other.  
I'm so grateful to have read this book before we acquire chicks, 
and I hope to incorporate the ideas on our new homestead.