THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO COMMENTED!
There are tons of chicken books out there. Books with portraits of rare and unusual chickens. Books about how to raise and care for chickens. Books about building coops. But all these books leave out a very key piece of information: how to integrate chickens into that nice garden you’ve been working to create. Turns out chickens like to eat lettuce, pea shoots, and kale, and that they love nothing better than to scratch up soil, preferably if you’ve just planted seeds there. They also poop. A lot. Usually in the middle of a pathway or on your deck chair. I’ve had chickens for four years and I wish that I could have had Jessi Bloom’s new book, Free Range Chicken Gardens: How to Create a Beautiful, Chicken-Friendly Yard, in the beginning.
Everyone who has chickens or wants them needs this book on their shelf. Jessi is an extraordinarily talented garden designer, plant nut, and chicken keeper and her book details how to create gardens that coexist with chickens. Written in a cheerful, straightforward style, Jessi covers in detail the key aspects of raising chickens and creating a beautiful, functional outdoor space. Sprinkled throughout the book are real life examples of successful “chicken gardens”, which look gorgeous, while keeping the chickens safe and happy.
In my own garden I often focus on how to protect plants from my chickens when they free-range, a subject Jessi covers, but she goes into much more detail about designing gardens in a way to minimizes chicken damage. She covers coop placement, different free-ranging strategies, and lists plants that provide shelter and food and forage for chickens, as well as an extensive guide to chicken-resistant plants. The book also offers great advice on choosing breeds and training chickens, and features some fantastic coops and runs.
To celebrate Jessi’s remarkable book, I am participating in a virtual blog party! Myself and several other chicken-loving bloggers are giving away a copy of Jessi’s book, as well as the recently released cookbook The Fresh Egg Cookbook! To enter, please leave a comment on this post with your favorite way to cook eggs. The giveaway will run through Thursday, April 12th at which point I will choose a winner and Jessi’s publisher Timber Press, will send out copies of the books to the lucky commenter. You can join the blog party by checking out the posts by all the other partygoers. Just beware, you will surely find several new blogs you want to add to your blog roll! This is a list of super inspiring gardeners:
Jessi at http://gardenfowl.com/
Erica at http://www.nwedible.com/
Theresa at http://www.LivingHomegrown.com
Angela at http://myrubberboots.com/
Annette at http://www.sustainableeats.com/
Kylee at http://www.ourlittleacre.com
p.s. Angela and Theresa’s gardens are pictured in the book!