Fencing is a great way to keep things out or in, depending on your point of view. In many cases, we love to tear down fencing, as it helps create a more shared space between neighbors, which certainly builds better neighbor relations. However, sometimes we need to build a fence to help protect our friends, be they of the feathered or the four-legged variety.
For this project we built a hog wire fence to help contain chickens in the backyard, which provides a much safer environment for them. The client also wanted to protect her plants from her scratching hens by installing an arbor. This approach allowed her to net out the chickens, while providing her climbing vegetables and plants with a bike wheel trellis and arbor to climb. It looks great and compliments her clapboard chicken coop.
Sometimes, I get to go crazy on a client's house, and they love it. Here is one fine example of my silly ideas taking hold on a front porch.
Aren't arborvitae great! They can be whatever my heart (along with the client's) desire.
After a robust day on Friday of finishing touches for our yard and chicken coop, we were ready to roll for the 10am start time of the Seattle Tilth Chicken Coop and Urban Farm Tour. It was an unusual 90 degree day on Saturday, but Stone Soup Gardens had a wonderful turn out! We were leading tour groups through the garden and coop all day. It was great to talk permaculture with so many different folks, and to have them be so engaged with the urban farm aesthetic.
A big thank you to the Tilth team who puts the event on every year. It's a fun event to be a part of, and an exciting way to introduce people to new and old ideas about gardening, permaculture, and chickens. Did you miss the tour? Check out the photos below for a look at Stone Soup Gardens headquarters!
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