|There is actually a garden/path edge under all that mulch... somewhere...|
|Cute little chookie digging a hole to China in my garden....|
Surprisingly, this does not enchant me. But over time I have found a way to have your garden and not want to eat your chickens too!
Here's what I did...
I was just covering up the holes they dug with mulch but found they were really keen on coming back to the same place over and over. I tried small fences, but they just hop over it. I tried (aptly named) chicken wire over the surface of the dirt in garden but found it hard to weed and not so pretty to look at. They seem to be quite random about where they are going to dig - but then I'm not a chicken so it wouldn't make sense to me and so I find I am better off finding the patch that they have chosen to dig up this week, put them to bed without too many death threats (I think it affects their egg laying!) and not let them back out until I have "chicken sticked" that patch.
This works for me but creates a more "rustic" look than one of law and order!
Green-ness: 5/5 for not using new or manufactured products
Frugal-ness: 5/5 for it being a free project!
Time cost: About an hour to settle down after discovering the newly created hole to China and your new never-seen-this-colour-before geranium bush dead and dying... 10 minutes to cut some sticks, 2 mins to put on the garden and a week to see if the chookies are going to go back to that patch!
Skill level: Pruning skills... and I found meditation helps settle down too!!! No not meditation on a book of roast chicken ideas either!
Fun-ness: Once the plants are back growing happily, its great fun!