After constant battles with the local wildlife over who should be eating the tomatoes I grow, I finally gave in and caged my entire garden.
I divided the caged area into 6 bays, and rotate my chickens through one bay each month before planting it out again. I was partly inspired by the Linda Woodrow chicken dome mandala garden thing, but I needed sturdier protection for my chickens (we have a lot of foxes and dogs in the area) and of course wanted to protect my garden from the birds and possums.
The system seems to be working pretty well so far. I know I'm not the first to do such a thing, but I haven't been able to find very much info on similar systems online. If anyone has done, or knows of, a system like this, please share! I'd love to get your tips and advice.
We are looking at setting up a similar system next to our chicken run where I currently have what is a rather wild cottage garden. Unfortunately I am losing even my salad greens to the local wildlife so it’s become a must do.
We’re also on a sloping block of land so each bed has to be tiered. I’ll be following with interest to see what others have done.
I will always remember the day i planted onion sets. On my hands and knees, working left to right down the row. I get to the end and look left to bask in the accomplishment. The chickens had already pulled most of them out.
How about this setup, rotation of chickens after you finish harvesting a section, they clean up and it's all enclosed:
I'm not quite a lumberjack, but that's OK, I sleep all night and I dream all day; I'll coppice trees, I'll grow my food, and compost poo and pee! With a well and off-grid solar, it's a permies life for me! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FshU58nI0Ts
Yep, Chris Francis' videos were one of the two main sources of inspiration for my system - the other being Linda Woodrow's mandala gardens.
Funny thing is, Chris actually lives near me but we've never met. Would love to see his system in person, and get some feedback from him on mine! I think his has been going for 10 or 15 years now, so I'm sure he's learned a lot about how best to run it.