Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Unexpected Garden part 2

A few months ago I posted about our "unexpected garden" that came about without ever planting a seed.  We used the bottom of our floor-less chicken coop as our compost, letting the chickens turn over the grass, leaves, straw, and daily vegetable compost from our kitchen.  By spring, on this 8'x4' plot of land, appeared a dense cluster of vegetables sprouting there way upward; corn, zucchini, tomato, peppers, wheat, and lettuce.

It's now going on mid-July and we couldn't be happier!   Practically busting at the seams, nearly doubled in size from the original footprint, this wild jungle of plants, flowers, and weeds has already yielded 20+ zucchini, lettuce, corn, wheat, with an abundance of tomatoes (not yet ripe) on the way!  We are having so much success with this truly "no till garden" that I have already vowed to mimic this next year.

We owe this bountiful gift to our chickens, who tirelessly scratched and dug through their bedding (our compost) over the winter, in search of bugs.  They ate, they pooped, they set the foundation for this 100% organic vegetable garden!

My job is simple; water daily, harvest the fruit, and take it all in! 


  1. I want a chicken coop now lol and a bee hive :)


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