I have different sections in my garden. There is a vegetable plot at the end, the chicken garden in the middle and a poop and manure free human garden. The chicken garden however is probably where I spend the most time! There is no grass anymore, it is more like one giant dust bath, the only thing that can survive there is shrubs.

I am a bit of a womble and like to find things on freecycle. Someone posted that they had some box hedging which was being pulled up so I had to rescue it. What should have been an hour round trip however turned into four hours and slightly less than free as I burst a tyre on the dual carriageway! Still, free rescued plants are always good!

The swing seat in the chicken garden is great but is in full sun and so often a bit bright for me. I plan on buying some new chairs for the patio so I popped two of the current (and also freecycled) chairs under the tree and quite liked it. Then when the shrubs came up I wanted to make some kind of feature so it isn’t just mud. Here is the start of my Amy’s DIY bodge, using scraps of wood I already had.

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The wooden surround didn’t need to be too solid as it was mainly to protect the bottom of the Buxus from chicken claws scratching. In true Amy bodge style I came up with an idea to join the corners of the triangle, stapling on off cuts of lino! Handy right?!

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And here is the current status. Pretend I have finished painting the chairs! And the two Buxus in the tubs will be trained into chicken shapes, just give me a few years please!

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The next step is to try and get hold of a scrap of astro turf on freecycle, unlikely, but if I can I thought it would be fun to fill in the triangle with it. I don’t know if the Buxus will like their uprooting but I can hope. And of course the hens will be jumping on it so who knows how it will go! For now at least I have a nice green place to sit in the shade and watch the hens, and all it cost as a bag of compost, and sort of a new tyre!

It’s quite nice to look down at the chairs under the apple tree too.

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Mother of Hens x

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