All those times you've looked out the window at that old swing set and asked yourself, "What should I do with that?" Some fencing, a few boards, a few nails, and a few chickens, you've got yourself a chicken tractor.
From dirt to a pallet wood walkway in the garden. So easy!
Instructions for making a barrel into an outdoor sink...love it!
Use clear shower curtains to keep your chickens dry & snow free in the winter
Fresh or dried herbs in your nesting boxes not only work as insecticides, but also have anti-bacterial properties, and can act as natural wormers, anti-parasitics, insecticides, rodent control, stress relievers and laying stimulants. Here is a partial list of common herbs and flowers and their beneficial properties:
Nesting Box Herbs - Chicken Aromatherapy
fancy farm girl chicken coop and my favorite coop EVER!
Six Steps Cottage Garden1. Start small. As confidence grows, increase the size. 2. Invest in soil. Add organic matter yearly. 3. Position plants carefully. incl. spring-flowering bulbs, purple coneflower, wild indigo, 'Stella d'Oro' or 'Happy Returns' daylily, New England aster, Russian sage. lady's mantle, lambs' ears or blue fescue. 5. Cover soil. "Mulching helps maintain soil moisture levels 6. Make it automatic. Use drip hoses.
infographic guide to chicken breeds
Garden pail. Everything you need right at your fingertips!
How to get more peppers from your green pepper plants: "Spray the plant with Epsom salts (1 teaspoon dissolved in a spray bottle of warm water (about 4 cups). That gives the pepper plant a boost of magnesium that is required at flowering time to produce fruit. Spray them again 10 days later and in a few weeks, our expert friends report, you will have more peppers than you can eat."
I really want to do this. Lavender Hidcote - This easy-to-grow sun perennial thrives in full sun normal garden soil. Plants vigorously grow to form mounds of fragrant, silvery foliage 18 tall 24 wide. This drought-tolerant hardy perennial has extremely fragrant foliage.
Surprisingly, both cilantro and basil freeze very well. After cutting the leaves, preferably in the early morning while they are freshest, we mix them with a small amount of olive oil... just enough to coat the leaves. They are then packed into freezer bags and frozen for later use. The olive oil makes it really easy to separate the frozen leaves and also adds an extra flavor to the mix.
Harvesting and Preserving Cilantro with a little bit of olive oil...works for basil too