Garden Beds to Chicken Coop

these are the hens

A weekend project on our journey to healthier eating

I would say it has been a combination of our desire to eat healthier “real food” and be more self-sufficient that has lead us to this year long process of wanting, waiting, making the decision and eventually getting chickens. Why did it take us so long to take the plunge and finally get chickens? There were so many decisions to make beyond the decision to just get chickens. Where would they go? How many chickens are we planning on getting? Would we buy a coop or build one? How much did we planning on investing initially? Do we want chickens for meat or eggs?  So many questions and so many decisions to make! Through the waiting and wanting period on our journey to get chickens I spent many hours on craigslist searching through coops to see what was available and what both new and used coops were going for.

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DIY Vertical Garden

I love to garden and grow my own food, but I also want a beautiful yard so the more I can grow in less space the better. Container gardening has been a fun experiment for me this year. I love the idea of container gardening because it’s easy to keep track of what I planted where, and if I need to move my plants to get more, or less sun I just pick up the pot and move it! To really maximize the space I’m growing in I decided to try and make my own vertical planters. There are numerous vertical planters on the market, from the hydroponic Tower Garden (which we own and love) to plain stack-able planters. The Garden Tower is another great product, but it’s expensive and if you want more than one it can add up quickly. I made one vertical planter for lettuce, herbs and broccoli and two planters to hold my strawberries I was relocating. All together I spent less than $5 on the three planters using many items I already had around my home, but if you need to purchase all or some of the materials your planters might cost up to $10 each.

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