Gardening with chickens Jan 7, 2019 5:44:50 GMT -5
Post by oldhack on Jan 7, 2019 5:44:50 GMT -5
Anyone tried much gardening with chickens. Last year I threw away my extra seeds in the chicken yard, around some sticks that I placed so the chickens don't dig up to much dirt, to my surprise both a winter squash and a few okra survived and grew until I killed them as I didn't want them crosspollinating with the rest of the garden out front (wrong varieties)... I plan on protecting the base of plants with sticks (where the seeds will be planted), making a border/terraces (in the beds) out of dead tree limbs, so the dirt can't move to far down hill, then placing many leaves in the bed so the chickens have something to search through/keep the weeds out. I was wondering if you guys have had any other success around chickens like will they eat cowpeas? I'd imagine they might go for the bean, will they eat sunflower leaves once the sunflowers are at a certain size. I do plan on querentining one area from the chickens, atleast periodically, maybe to grow some rape seed for them. Also liking to grow some sunflower. Also part of this is somewhat in between trees, grass still grows well, but I was wondering if in shade, should I be growing my corn at half or so density? I may plan to plant the squash at higher density because of shade for it may theoretically travel less ground covering less surface area, therfore needing more plants. I hope they don't discover the tasty summer squash but if they do I maybe able to outsmart them if I am smart enough (pollinate/protect fruit), we will see. Another question is this chicken yard is 5000 sq ft, with 7 chickens on it for 1.5 years, should there already be enough p and k? Any guesses on N? Should I add chicken litter this first year or just use N. I know my soil is clayish and I,every heard getting to high phosphorus levels over time can be detrimental, is this true? (I know most organic farms many times have to high p) I know I could get a soil test, but idk if I want to. On a side note a nursery accidentally sent me a jujube tree, anyone have any luck eating the fruit in southeast where it humid, my friend from Thailand said they grew there, on another side note I realize how funny Thai words can sound to English, both winter squash and jujube had funny nearly English curse word sounding names.