Winter treats

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by darkmatter, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. darkmatter

    darkmatter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Finally got a hard frost finishing off the Garden. So collected mulch and let the chickens into the garden for the winter.

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  2. Marcymom3

    Marcymom3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well now THAT is clever!! Thanks for sharing!
     
  3. ll

    ll Chillin' With My Peeps

    wow [​IMG] what are those tall tubes covered with leaves/mulch?
     
  4. wolftracks

    wolftracks Spam Hunter

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    WOW! I see tomato cages filled and lining my yard in my near future. Nice!
     
  5. darkmatter

    darkmatter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Those are some of my Tomato cages made out of concrete remesh. It took six bags of leaves/grass to fill them and then I used a sidewall cut out to pack them down a bit. They will compost down most of the way by spring and I will place my tomato transplants in them. My tomatos always overgrow the 6 foot cage and over produce.
    The rest of the tire I cut the sidewall out of is used in the Chicken run to grow squash 7 etc.:

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  6. marty8587

    marty8587 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that's great this is my first garden year w/chickens and I lernd alot, I use the driveway wire w/chicken wire around it but the tire thing looks free!! I did the DWW originally to make my dogs go around the plants.[​IMG]
     
  7. kittycooks

    kittycooks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nice pictures! Very clever idea of composting the leaves in a hoop. I bet you get bumper crops! I also see a row of straw bales. Are you doing the bale gardening method as well? I understand the concept for deep roots, but does it really save water? I'm afraid all the water would leach away.
     
  8. darkmatter

    darkmatter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Straw bales gardening-----Naw, that was an experiment this past year after reading and seeing others using the straw bale method. I always am trying something new/different each year in varieties or methods then continue with what works.
    I'm reporting that the straw bale gardening did NOT work. Started out fine, but the Midwest rain was not enough to keep the plants going. I even watered the bales frequently to no avail. So now they contribute to the mulch.
    However mulch composting in the tomato cages does work and I have been doing that for years now. I only (in the last few years) just started letting the chickens into the garden in the fall to work it over during the winter. (Smacks self in head hard) I should have been doing that decades ago. That works better then I envisioned.
     

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