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Free-Range Chicken Gardens : How to Create a Beautiful, Chicken-Friendly Yard

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Important tips include attractive and effective fencing options to keep the chickens contained and guidance for choosing the best plants for gardeners and their birds. For everyone who has been bitten by the chicken bug, this indispensable guide is a must-have for how to garden with, for, and around chickens. Only book to teach readers how to have a thriving garden and chickens too! Innovative ideas for gardening with chickens, including solar and green roof coops Extensive lists of the best plants to create a chicken-friendly oasis, and design strategies and problem solving plans for homeowners
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Product details

  • Paperback | 220 pages
  • 200.66 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 657.71g
  • Portland, OR, United States
  • English
  • 125 colour photos; 12 drawings
  • 1604692375
  • 9781604692372
  • 17,387

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"You can raise backyard chickens and maintain an attractive landscape and garden: Jessi's book explains how in a fun, encouraging, and informing way." --Jo Lamp'l, Growing a Greener World

"If you think your yard is too small, you're too busy, or the neighbors won't like chickens, read this book and think again." --Toby Hemenway author of Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture

It's true, you can keep chickens and have a beautiful garden, too. And fresh eggs are just one of the many benefits--chickens can help your garden grow and thrive. In this essential handbook, award-winning garden designer Jessi Bloom covers everything a gardener needs to know, including chicken-keeping basics, simple garden plans to get you started, tips on attractive fencing options, the best plants and plant to avoid, and step-by-step instructions for getting your chicken garden up and running. For anyone who wants a fabulous garden where colorful chickens happily roam, Free-Rang Chicken Gardens is the guide that will bring the dream home to roost.
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"A fun new book."--Valerie Easton "Plant Talk blog " "Solves the dilemma of having free-range chickens and a vegetable garden."--Kym Pokorny "The Oregonian " "Bloom's obvious enthusiasm for good design and for her birds will inspire both novice and experienced chicken owners to create a garden space for hens "and" humans to enjoy."--Genevieve Schmidt "The American Gardener " "Bloom's obvious enthusiasm for creative design and for her birds will inspire both novice and experienced chicken owners to create a garden space that hens and humans can inhabit harmoniously."--Genevieve Schmidt "American Gardener " "I've had chickens for four years and I wish that I could have had Jessi Bloom's new book in the beginning."--Willi Galloway "Diggin Food.com " Bloom's obvious enthusiasm for creative design and for her birds will inspire both novice and experienced chicken owners to create a garden space that hens and humans can inhabit harmoniously.--Genevieve Schmidt "American Gardener " "Numerous illustrations, full-color photos, charts and tables, garden layouts, and useful tips ... offer a wealth of practical advice." --Brigid Gaffikin "Publishers Weekly " "A comprehensive guide from mating to medicine that will particularly help beginners...Bloom makes a persuasive case."--Amy Stewart "ReadingAllYearLong.com " "This is one of the coolest books I have had the privilege of reviewing." --Genevieve Schmidt "Plant Talk blog " "A fun new book."--Kym Pokorny "Spinning Alpaca Yarns.com " "If you have a backyard flock or you're thinking of getting one, I would highly recommend this book as part of your poultry library."--Genevieve Schmidt "Garden Rant " "Everything you want to know about gardening with chickens...is here."--Genevieve Schmidt "San Francisco Chronicle " "Exquisitely produced and artfully photographed."--Dominique Browning "Garden Rant " Numerous illustrations, full-color photos, charts and tables, garden layouts, and useful tips offer a wealth of practical advice. --Brigid Gaffikin "Publishers Weekly "" A comprehensive guide from mating to medicine that will particularly help beginners Bloom makes a persuasive case. --Amy Stewart "ReadingAllYearLong.com "" This is one of the coolest books I have had the privilege of reviewing. --Genevieve Schmidt "Plant Talk blog "" A fun new book. --Kym Pokorny "Spinning Alpaca Yarns.com "" If you have a backyard flock or you re thinking of getting one, I would highly recommend this book as part of your poultry library. --Genevieve Schmidt "Garden Rant "" Everything you want to know about gardening with chickens is here."--Genevieve Schmidt "San Francisco Chronicle "" Exquisitely produced and artfully photographed. --Willi Galloway "San Francisco Chronicle "" -If your garden fantasies involve chickens, Jessi Bloom. . . is here to make those dreams come true. . . . an expert guide for the untutored.- --The New York Times

-A manifesto on the many ways to pamper your hens--with plants for foraging and shelter, rain-fed water bowls and eco-friendly lawns.- --Sunset

-A comprehensive guide from mating to medicine that will particularly help beginners. . . . Bloom makes a persuasive case.- --Publishers Weekly

-Numerous illustrations, full-color photos, charts and tables, garden layouts, and useful tips. . . . a wealth of practical advice.- --Booklist

-Exquisitely produced and artfully photographed.- --San Francisco Chronicle

-Bloom's obvious enthusiasm for good design and for her birds will inspire both novice and experienced chicken owners to create a garden space for hens and humans to enjoy.- --American Gardener

-Complete with gorgeous photos, diagrams, plans, and a very well written and easy to understand approach, you will want to get your hands upon this book if you have ever dreamed of incorporating chickens into your lifestyle.- --Small Town Living

-A great basic guide for first-time chicken owners and chicken owner wannabes.- --Horticulture

-The only book I have seen that tells you exactly how you can have your chickens AND your garden too.- --Living Homegrown

-Solves the dilemma of having free-range chickens and a vegetable garden.- --The Oregonian

-Provides a good overview on coop building styles and considerations, very basic chicken care info, do-grow/don't-grow plant lists for the chicken garden and lots and lots of gorgeous inspirational pictures.- --NW Edible

-I've had chickens for four years and I wish that I could have had Jessi Bloom's new book in the beginning.- --Diggin Food "If your garden fantasies involve chickens, Jessi Bloom. . . is here to make those dreams come true. . . . an expert guide for the untutored." --The New York Times

"A manifesto on the many ways to pamper your hens--with plants for foraging and shelter, rain-fed water bowls and eco-friendly lawns." --Sunset

"A comprehensive guide from mating to medicine that will particularly help beginners. . . . Bloom makes a persuasive case." --Publishers Weekly

"Numerous illustrations, full-color photos, charts and tables, garden layouts, and useful tips. . . . a wealth of practical advice." --Booklist

"Exquisitely produced and artfully photographed." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Bloom's obvious enthusiasm for good design and for her birds will inspire both novice and experienced chicken owners to create a garden space for hens and humans to enjoy." --American Gardener

"Complete with gorgeous photos, diagrams, plans, and a very well written and easy to understand approach, you will want to get your hands upon this book if you have ever dreamed of incorporating chickens into your lifestyle." --Small Town Living

"A great basic guide for first-time chicken owners and chicken owner wannabes." --Horticulture

"The only book I have seen that tells you exactly how you can have your chickens AND your garden too." --Living Homegrown

"Solves the dilemma of having free-range chickens and a vegetable garden." --The Oregonian

"Provides a good overview on coop building styles and considerations, very basic chicken care info, do-grow/don't-grow plant lists for the chicken garden and lots and lots of gorgeous inspirational pictures." --NW Edible

"I've had chickens for four years and I wish that I could have had Jessi Bloom's new book in the beginning." --Diggin Food If your garden fantasies involve chickens, Jessi Bloom. . .is here to make those dreams come true. . . . an expert guide for the untutored. The New York Times

Amanifesto on the many ways to pamper your hens with plants for foraging and shelter, rain-fed water bowls and eco-friendly lawns. Sunset

A comprehensive guide from mating to medicine that will particularly help beginners. . . .Bloom makes a persuasive case. Publishers Weekly

Numerous illustrations, full-color photos, charts and tables, garden layouts, and useful tips. . . .a wealth of practical advice. Booklist

Exquisitely produced and artfully photographed. San Francisco Chronicle

Bloom s obvious enthusiasm for good design and for her birds will inspire both novice and experienced chicken owners to create a garden space for hens and humans to enjoy. American Gardener

Complete with gorgeous photos, diagrams, plans, and a very well written and easy to understand approach, you will want to get your hands upon this book if you have ever dreamed of incorporating chickens into your lifestyle. Small Town Living

A great basic guide for first-time chicken owners and chicken owner wannabes. Horticulture

The only book I have seen that tells you exactly how you can have your chickens AND your garden too. Living Homegrown

Solves the dilemma of having free-range chickens and a vegetable garden. The Oregonian

Provides a good overview on coop building styles and considerations, very basic chicken care info, do-grow/don t-grow plant lists for the chicken garden and lots and lots of gorgeous inspirational pictures. NW Edible

I ve had chickens for four years and I wish that I could have had Jessi Bloom s new book in the beginning. Diggin Food

" If your garden fantasies involve chickens, Jessi Bloom. . .is here to make those dreams come true. . . . an expert guide for the untutored. "The New York Times" Amanifesto on the many ways to pamper your hens with plants for foraging and shelter, rain-fed water bowls and eco-friendly lawns. "Sunset" A comprehensive guide from mating to medicine that will particularly help beginners. . . .Bloom makes a persuasive case. "Publishers Weekly"

Numerous illustrations, full-color photos, charts and tables, garden layouts, and useful tips. . . .a wealth of practical advice. "Booklist" Exquisitely produced and artfully photographed. "San Francisco Chronicle" Bloom s obvious enthusiasm for good design and for her birds will inspire both novice and experienced chicken owners to create a garden space for hens and humans to enjoy. "American Gardener" Complete with gorgeous photos, diagrams, plans, and a very well written and easy to understand approach, you will want to get your hands upon this book if you have ever dreamed of incorporating chickens into your lifestyle. "Small Town Living" A great basic guide for first-time chicken owners and chicken owner wannabes. "Horticulture" The only book I have seen that tells you exactly how you can have your chickens AND your garden too. "Living Homegrown" Solves the dilemma of having free-range chickens and a vegetable garden. "The Oregonian" Provides a good overview on coop building styles and considerations, very basic chicken care info, do-grow/don t-grow plant lists for the chicken garden and lots and lots of gorgeous inspirational pictures. "NW Edible" I ve had chickens for four years and I wish that I could have had Jessi Bloom s new book in the beginning. "Diggin Food"" "This well-thought-out and thoroughly comprehensive new book covers the topic so efficiently and completely that it is bound to become the gardener's go -to reference when chickens are the focus." If your garden fantasies involve chickens, Jessi Bloom, author of FREE-RANGE CHICKEN GARDENS: How to Create a Beautiful, Chicken-Friendly Yard (Timber Press, paper, $19.95), is here to make those dreams come true. Chickens bring out interesting characters. My new heroine is Elizabeth Zumwalt, a chicken whisperer, educator and entrepreneur who blogs about her family's Bantam hens, sells eggs and gives half the proceeds to charity. She pulls a red wagon, topped with a chicken house, when she heads out to educate people about her birds. Elizabeth is 9 years old.

By the time you're done with Bloom's clever book, you'll know almost as much about chickens as Elizabeth does. And maybe more about what chickens like than what your children do. You'll be looking for bug logs and creating dust baths. You'll know that chickens like to have mirrors hanging in their gardens -- but take care with the angle, since they have eyes on the sides of their heads. There is no end to the vanity of a chicken.

"Experienced free-ranging chickens" -- now that's a real sign of the times; do chickens no longer have a tribal memory of roaming? -- will know not to eat toxic berries, but Bloom is an expert guide for the untutored. Somehow, I'm sure that chickens prefer heirloom vegetables to any other variety. And while your flock may break free to cross the road, you'll be relieved to learn that (unless they have an unfortunate encounter with a car) they'll probably be no worse for the wear. Chickens don't sweat.

Bloom genially celebrates geodesic domes and shingled coops with stone chimneys and even clean-lined modernist coops. She also writes about "naughty" chickens: "Chickens are social and hormonal creatures, and when we have them living in ways that are different from how they would live naturally, they are prone to behaviors that can be damaging to themselves or that are simply normal but just catch us off guard." You might have thought she was talking about teenagers, but I now se
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About Jessi Bloom

Jessica Bloom is an award-winning landscape designer who has her own landscape design firm, N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes.
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