Temperate-Update on 4'chicken veggie compost beds
by Robert Bradford
(SW MO, USA)
In our orchard we put a 16' cattle panel on our east property line and from there every 4' another perpendicular panel. Having the panels that close together prevents hawks and deer. Alternate beds are for compost which gets kitchen scraps, lawn clippings and fallen leaves and chickens for six months. The rest is veggie garden. Just before and after the fall frost this year and after a major drought we harvested 22 gallons of green tomatoes from a 32' bed with plants on both north and south.This does not include the bug free ripe fruit we picked all summer and fall. The green fruit was spread on 1/2" hardware cloth shelves in the greenhouse. Every other day we take the red fruit to the kitchen for eating and canning.
I am more convinced than ever that chickens are the best tillers, weeders, insect killers and fertilizers going. They are gated out of the veggie beds until harvest when the gates are swung 180 degrees to close the old compost beds which are used then for the fall garden and open the old veggie beds for compost and chickens.
MEG: GREAT EXAMPLE OF HARNESSING THE POWER OF THE CHICKEN, THANKS ROBERT. WOULD LOVE SOME PHOTOS!
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