This chicken/duck coop will house our new workers in the garden this year!
I use a plethora of methods in my garden. We took a permaculture class last year in Asheville so I try to center it around that. Some things that hinder the garden:
1. Critters including our dogs who like to Pee on everything
2. Sun (lack of)
So We built a fence around our kitchen garden this winter from 2x4s and goat fencing. Mostly to keep our dogs out and now to keep our fowl in. We are also going to put a hot wire around our raised beds, which are not as close to the house or build a similar fence for them.
Our house is on a north facing slope which makes sunlight difficult. So we just have to pick the best spots for what we want to grow. The hard part is keeping them as close to the house as I would like. Our yard is so shady.
We laid clear plastic over the entire garden until the heat burnt all the grass and weeds. Then we laid cardboard over that. Then we put a layer of manure. Then a layer of mulch on the very top.
We also have a rain barrel in the garden that catches water from our roof. There’s also a spigot close by if we need it. We also put in a water line and a spigot next to our raised beds for easy watering.
Ok bugs! I have read a lot about fowl in the garden and we have all kinds of birds. So this year I’m going to put them to work. After we put the manure down we are going to dump a pile of mulch and let the chickens spread it while eating the bug larvae and some weeds. Then we will remove them and start planting. Once the plants are mature enough we will put the ducks in to help cut back on the snail/slug population and eat some weeds as well. I’ll let you know how it goes.