April is here. The grubs and pests are waking up, but the plants aren’t yet sending up their tender shoots. It’s the perfect time to let the ducks and chickens forage.

Both species of birds are the perfect gardeners friend if used correctly. It’s about balance. Ducks will eat anything with tender shoots. Chickens will turn any garden into a barren wasteland. The art of incorporating livestock into an urban garden is understanding their natures and knowing when their nature will be useful or destructive.

The formal gardens need their soil turned. Everything needs a little bit of loving early on. Later in April I will plant a “chicken garden” that the little dinosaurs can obliterate to their hearts content. But today, they are welcome soil turners. Just like nature intended.

 


Poultry in the formal gardens


The great grub finders

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