My chickens are fantastic gardeners
This spring and summer I am starting to totally revamp the property and gardens. I am trying to simplify, take advantage of any property traits (micro climates for one) and of course I plan to take advantage of my chickens. They can be good gardeners.
For the last few years my chickens have tilled my garden spaces. They start with an area and clean out all plants and weeds and fertilize it for me. One week and the area is ready. I have switched to raised beds, so they just prep the land and I move in the raised beds. (But you can plant right here in the ground and its amazing! Just add seeds water and mulch)
If the raised beds need cleaning after a season I sprinkle treats on the beds and let them clean and fertilize them.
They are in charge of my compost piles and getting them broke down and ready for raised beds or sales. Yes, I sell farm fresh compost. And finally, after years of begging I found a place I can pick up veggie waste. This will be exciting to see the difference in my chickens and compost.
And last but not least. My chickens grow the very best tomatoes! In the spring I feed them tomatoes and they pass the seeds out, covered with fertilizer. Those tomatoes always grow faster and better than anything I plant.