Apple trees are a recommended addition to a chicken garden, providing both food and shelter. Photo by Kate Baldwin.  (from Free-Range Chicken Gardens by Jessi Bloom)

Apple trees are a recommended addition to a chicken garden, providing both food and shelter. Photo by Kate Baldwin. (from Free-Range Chicken Gardens by Jessi Bloom)

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A backyard flock forages in a garden's ground cover. Bloom recommends dense evergreen ground cover like Japanese spurge, ground raspberry, and cotonester. (From Free-Range Chicken Gardens by Jessi Bloom.

A backyard flock forages in a garden's ground cover. Bloom recommends dense evergreen ground cover like Japanese spurge, ground raspberry, and cotonester. (From Free-Range Chicken Gardens by Jessi Bloom.

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Incorporating chickens into your garden means more than just thinking about plants; it's important to consider the hardscaping too. Gravel paths provide a clean, permeable surface while also providing chickens with a source of grit which they need to digest their food. Photo by Kate Baldwin. (From Free-Range Chicken Gardens by Jessi Bloom)

Incorporating chickens into your garden means more than just thinking about plants; it's important to consider the hardscaping too. Gravel paths provide a clean, permeable surface while also providing chickens with a source of grit which they need to digest their food. Photo by Kate Baldwin. (From Free-Range Chicken Gardens by Jessi Bloom)

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Considerations of time, space, and climate will dictate what kind of coop makes the most sense for your backyard. (From Free-Range Chicken Gardens, by Jessi Bloom)

Considerations of time, space, and climate will dictate what kind of coop makes the most sense for your backyard. (From Free-Range Chicken Gardens, by Jessi Bloom)

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The Black Star chicken above is known as a hybrid 'sex link' chicken and is known for its outstanding egg-laying ability. Their easy-going temperament makes them an ideal option for backyard coops. Photo by Kate Baldwin. (From Free-Range Chicken Gardens, by Jessi Bloom)

The Black Star chicken above is known as a hybrid 'sex link' chicken and is known for its outstanding egg-laying ability. Their easy-going temperament makes them an ideal option for backyard coops. Photo by Kate Baldwin. (From Free-Range Chicken Gardens, by Jessi Bloom)

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Whether you decide to purchase a ready-made coop or build you own, Bloom provides tips on materials, size, and placement. Above, a modern coop-tractor designed by Nicole Starnes Taylor. (From Free-Range Chicken Gardens by Jessi Bloom)

Whether you decide to purchase a ready-made coop or build you own, Bloom provides tips on materials, size, and placement. Above, a modern coop-tractor designed by Nicole Starnes Taylor. (From Free-Range Chicken Gardens by Jessi Bloom)

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In Free-Range Chicken Gardens, Jessi Bloom covers everything a gardener needs to know about chickens in the garden, including chicken-keeping basics and simple garden plans. Photo credit Kate Baldwin.

In Free-Range Chicken Gardens, Jessi Bloom covers everything a gardener needs to know about chickens in the garden, including chicken-keeping basics and simple garden plans. Photo credit Kate Baldwin.

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