We have a side yard that is in constant need of weeding so I decided to let the chickens be my weed and spider abatement workers. The girls will now spend a few hours a week over here eating the weeds and doing insect control.
I have to tell you how wonderful chickens are for insect control. I usually get a lot of spiders and webs under my patio furniture but not since we got the chickens. They pick every last one out of the patio area and I never had to clear webs from under the furniture all last summer.
Worked in the flower beds and veggie garden last weekend. The lettuce is gorgeous and coming along.
You can see some old lettuce that has bolted. I tear it out and throw it to the chickens. Some kale is coming up and you can see two celery plants. I planted them last year. Slow growers but now I just go out and cut whatever stalks I need. I started some from seed and some from planting the base of a celery bunch bought at the market. What do you have to lose. Go plant one next time you buy some celery.
My husband made me a small drip irrigation hose from an old hose we were going to throw away. This one area never gets enough water from our sprinklers in the summer so now all I have to do is turn on the hose from a spigot in the planter and let it drip a few days a week when the weather warms up. We are really trying to use what we have and not buy new if we can. We repaired some rakes with new screws and keep using our weed whacker that does not self feed. You have to flip it over and do it by hand but it saves me the money of buying a new one.
It amazes me when you observe how much folks throw away. We are a family of six people and six animals and on trash day I see my neighbors who are a family of three throw twice as much trash away as us. Where does that all come from? Maybe lots of packaging? The less you buy I guess the less you have to toss.
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