Yes, it is almost that time of year again, time for all the chicken folk to gather in the Mistress's garden to do the dirty work. Yes, indeedy, we chicken ladies don our sun hats, our garden aprons and get to work a' hoe'n and a'scratchin! NO ONE can cultivate a garden like a chicken, by golly! We take our work seriously.
Digging craters in the garden is a no no, but we girls like to take a nice dirt bath every hour or so..... is that so bad? Doesn't the Mistress need a nice deep hole to plant green stuff in? But she grabs the broom stick and begins to threaten. of course , we know good and well she would NEVER actually use it on us.....she is such a softy. And we go back to our weeding.
"Stay away from those Spanish Bluebells, or they will never bloom!" she screeches. It is no wonder her hair is turning gray.
"I can't do that. They are free-range." she protests.
And so she devises all sorts of barriers and fences to keep her little plants "safe" from us .
and broken garden tools make barriers for emerging tulips.
(the garden tool graveyard)
"I will remove them AFTER the plants are established", she mumbles under her breath. She grabs the wire cutters and fashions yet another mini fence .......... And in the meantime, the garden looks like Fort Knox what with all the barriers and such.
scrumpdeli-icious soil ??!!
The Mistress promptly chased them off the porch after snapping this photo, " "How can I claim to be a Lady of the Manor with class and distinction, when I have chicken poop all over my porch!!??" she complains.
We chickens never lose our petals, we are always ever colorful and fluffy. And we provide hours of jolly entertainment, Not to mention those big FAT eggs EVERYDAY.
Don't you think we deserve some time in the gardens??? Even though we occasionally make garden boo boos, at least we don't EAT the flower petals like some people I know....
A note from the Mistress of the Manor:I confess, I cannot give up my chickens OR my gardens and it is makes gardening twice as much work .... in the beginning. Once a flower garden is established and you have a decent ground cover beneath your plants ( wild strawberries , creeping thyme, and creeping jenny make a nice, chicken proof mat) , then the chicken folk are not interested. They just love newly dug soil, which is why I must "CAGE" any new plant. When I want to plant seeds, I just cover them with wire metal trays or chicken wire until the plants are established. It has taken me 2 years to reconcile my gals in the garden, but I am learning more every year.