food not lawns hugelchook

food not lawns hugelchook

Saba Cooperative
Half of a suburban backyard transformed into four pasture paddocks with 2 hugelkultur mounds in each pasture. The rotting logs, sticks, and leaves were gathered from nearby creekbeds and alleyways. The dirt from the hugel mounds was dug from out of a trench around each mound. This trench was then filled in with rocks for drainage, thermal inertia, and habitat for beneficial insects and other critters. The mounds will be planted with food for both humans and chickens, most immediately some leftover potted plants that needed to go in the ground, (kale, thyme, mint, cilantro, lemon balm,) but soon an emphasis on the traditional three sisters guild, (maize, legumes, squash) and also eventually tomatoes, peppers and a wide variety of other vegetables and herbs, with as much attention paid to companions being near one another as possible. A mobile micro chicken coop will be built out of free pallets, and together with about 150 ft of poultry fencing, 2-5 chickens will rotate through the pastures eating 30% of the vegetation in each before moving to the next. Because of the height of the mounds and their proximity to the edges of fences, a poultry fence roof will accompany the coop and chickens as they move through the pastures. This will provide additional protection from flying predators and also ensure the chickens don't escape and wander into the nearby road.
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