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Circular chicken tractor mandala gardens - another way for chickens to help in the garden.

 
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I posted about my chicken tractor mandala garden on my blog here





I first found out about this way of mandala gardening from Linda Woodrow’s The Permaculture Home Garden She provides a design for a complete system that involves fruit trees, wild animal habitat, annual vegetable beds, and chook fodder plantings, with chickens being rotated around in a homemade chook dome. It all fits together so beautifully, with each element benefiting another, and it inspires me to grow food in this way.

I am in a colder climate (zone 8b/9a) with less sun in winter, with limited flat land, and am working on my own way of doing this that’s suited to my land and climate.

Here is a video from a warmer climate than mine, about their chook dome mandala garden:


The rest of my blog post about my experience gardening this way can be read here.
 
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Yesterday I moved the chickens on to their next bed.

Today I was reminded of another benefit of this way of gardening - chickens find potatoes!

The chickens seem to find hidden potatoes that I didn't know about with their scratching and searching behaviour. The potatoes end up on the surface of the mulch.

Not only did the chickens give me free potatoes, they have also helped to reduce disease pressure from the potatoes hiding in the same spot year after year.

Thank you chickens!
 
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