|Project by MsDebbieP||posted 04-23-2013 04:27 PM||2569 views||0 times favorited||18 comments|
Spring is springing … and the chickens are scratching, ripping up anything and everything in their path. Well, that might be an exaggeration but at times it seems that way. They particularly like the area under the walnut tree and the flowerbed that holds my honeyberry bushes.
While the chickens have been scratching my yard, I have been scratching my head, trying to come up with an effective plan to protect the garden areas while letting the critters find and eat their lunch… and breakfast… and supper… and snacks.
Spring also means tree-pruning time so while Rick cut off the twigs/branches of my apple tree I collected them and stuck them in the ground, making “de-fence”.
I don’t know if it will work; I don’t know if I will be able to put mulching inside the “barrier” and it will be left undisturbed; I don’t know if the chickens will just laugh at the attempt—but it was worth a try and if a perfectionist had installed the fence it might have even looked kind of cool. As it is, it’s me and perfection isn’t my thing so this is what we get: apple tree twigs of different lengths stuck in the ground, criss-crossed.
I had JUST enough sticks to do this flowerbed and the area by the walnut tree. My last stick filled the last space. ... as if it was meant to be. That’s hopeful :D
Well, some of the sticks actually did take root and I am seeing little leaf buds! (May, 2014)
So, with a little care, perhaps some rooting compound, this indeed would work!
As it stands, maybe 1 in 20 have taken root. But that’s not bad for just sticking them in the ground, a couple days (or more) after they had been pruned from the tree.
-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)