Gardening with Chickens: Plans and Plants for You and Your Hens (Paperback)
Welcome to a world where chickens and gardens coexist!
Join Lisa Steele, chicken-keeper extraordinaire and founder of Fresh Eggs Daily, on a unique journey through the garden. Start by planning your garden and learning strategies and tips for keeping your plants safe while they grow. Plant with purpose, choosing from a dozen plans for theme gardens such as Orange Egg Yolks or Nesting Box Herbs. Or choose a design that's filled with edibles - sharing the bounty with your family and your feathered friends. Then comes the fun part: enjoy the harvest, even let the chickens graze!
Lisa's friendly writing, together with inspirational photos and illustrations, will have you rolling up your sleeves and reaching for your gardening tools. Lisa also covers a range of topics just for chicken-keepers, including:
- Chickens and composting
- Using chickens to aerate and till
- Coop window boxes
- Plants to avoid when you have chickens
- Lists of the most valuable crops and herbs
- Advice on how to harvest and use many of the plants
- And much more!
Whether you're an experienced chicken keeper, master gardener, or just getting into these two wonderful hobbies, Gardening with Chickens is an indispensable guide for a harmonious homestead.
About the Author
Lisa Steele is a fifth-generation chicken keeper and creator of Fresh Eggs Daily, the go-to online resource for poultry-keeping advice, which has been named one of Better Homes & Gardens Top Ten Gardening Blogs. Lisa has amassed an audience of nearly one million from all over the globe, who look to her for tips on raising backyard chickens naturally, do-it-yourself ideas, and coop-to-kitchen recipes.
Dubbed “queen of the coop” by the media, Lisa and her work have been recognized by many national media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Country Woman, Parade, and others. As a television and radio personality, Lisa has appeared on the Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family, Martha Knows Best on HGTV, P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home, and NPR’s Maine Calling. She has hosted the New England regional Emmy-nominated television show Welcome to My Farm for two seasons.
Lisa’s first book was recommended for summer reading on The View in 2018, and her popular books have sold more than 125,000 copies. Lisa lives in the woods of Maine with her husband, their corgi, barn cat, and her “girls”—a mixed flock of about thirty chickens, ducks, and geese.
"But can a garden—especially a tempting vegetable garden—peacefully coexist with hungry, inquisitive chickens, with their potential to eat tender seedlings, and shred plants with their scratching? It’s a smart subject for a book, and the answer, says Gardening With Chickens author Lisa Steele, is that they can not only coexist, but each can benefit the other." - GardenSmartTV
“This is a must read for any gardener considering chickens or chicken keeper considering a garden…there is so much gold in this book.”—Sara Bendrick, Landscape contractor/designer and national TV host
"If you’re looking for a great guide on raising chickens in your garden, I suggest getting Steele’s book." —Community Table/Parade.com
“Lisa has found that perfect balance we all strive for—living symbiotically with the land around her. This book is a beautiful roadmap for how we can all have a piece of that in our lives, no matter where we live.”—Georgia Pellegrini, chef, TV personality, and author of Modern Pioneering, Girl Hunter, and Food Heroes
“If you've enjoyed Lisa's popular blog, you'll definitely love this book, which is written in the same encouraging, confident, and often humorous voice. Beautifully photographed and filled with eye-catching illustrations, this will become an instant classic…”—Niki Jabbour, author of Groundbreaking Food Gardens and The Year Round Vegetable Gardener
"Overall, “Gardening with Chickens” is an excellent how-to vegetable gardening book, woven throughout with information on chickens, as if they were simply another standard option in food growing, just like raised beds."—Phoenixvillenews.com
“Lisa’s writings have been my go-to chicken resource. Gardening with Chickens taught me new ways to garden as I continue my chicken-keeping journey. A must read!”—Helen Yoest, author of Gardening with Confidence
"Raising Backyard Ducks" episode with Lisa Steele—Living Homegrown Podcast, Living Homegrown Podcast