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ATP Podcast #33: Using Chickens To Improve Your Gardens

By dave
September 5, 2013

In today's episode we talk all about chickens, especially how they can be used to prepare a vegetable garden plot.

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Name: Misti
Farrrr NW Houston (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas
Sep 5, 2013 9:55 AM CST
John Dromgoole was ranting about the drought on his show last week (The Natural Gardener in Austin). I listen to his shows as podcasts since I'm out of his broadcast zone. For the Hill Country he's talking about 8 years of drought, not an extension of 2011. I'm always wishing I could live in that area but when I hear about the drought and water issues I'm glad I don't, so that I'm not contributing to the problem even more.

We've been lucky here in Montgomery county to have received an ok amount of rainfall this summer, though it is dry and the pond we are on is down considerably, but not as severely as my neighbor says it was in 2011. The yard has stayed green mostly, but I also mowed it high and not as often. I have had to water newly planted trees from last fall as well as the established trees in the yard too. However, I too have noticed the trees in the area that haven't been treated well are attempting to go dormant or die already.

I too have piles of brush to burn, waiting for the day let us burn once again. I don't know if y'all are on Facebook or not but I subscribed to the Montgomery County Fire Marshal's page and they post updates as soon as bans are instituted. Our two local fire stations have burn flags up and big signs but that hasn't prevented people from burning. Glare

Chickens are on the someday list.
Name: Dave Whitinger
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Sep 5, 2013 2:10 PM CST Admin

We lived in Kerrville for a few years and we know about how dry it can get. But living out there, you kind of expect it. It sure is a unique part of the state though and we loved nearly every aspect of living there.
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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Sep 7, 2013 10:49 AM CST
Nice info, dave! I hope to have my own chickens someday...just need a good coop! Our own drought started in 2006, been a long, long time interrupted occasionally by some periods of time when rain returns, but it never lasts long enough. Trying to keep some plants alive outside my fence by infrequent waterings.There USED to be a lake about 12 miles from us.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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Name: Vicki
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Sep 9, 2013 4:49 PM CST
Great podcast Dave and Trish - thank you Thumbs up

When we had chickens, we did the coop and let them loose too. I miss them.

Been there on the burn ban and had the fire department here because of the smoke Whistling

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