As many of my readers may know, I adore chickens and have had several grace my garden over the years.
Note the past tense.
While I love them dearly, I’ve finally realized they’re best enjoyed in other people’s gardens. I can’t bear to keep them cooped up (no pun intended) in a chicken run, so I would end up letting them free range to their heart’s content in my fairly small garden.Yes, they’re as picturesque as can be, but these charming garden ornaments can turn a healthy Japanese Forest grass into a shredded mound of green in 15 seconds flat.
And I couldn’t escape the irony every time I’d catch them scratching and pecking (ie: destroying) my long border of Echeveria imbricata (yes, also known as Hens & Chicks).
For even more reasons why they’re a distant memory, read here.
So after finding a home for our girls on a farm in the Santa Cruz mountains (where they could run free and destroy to their hearts content) the chicken coop that my husband built just sat there empty.
A few years ago we visited the amazing Stonecrop Gardens in Cold Springs, New York and loved the neat and tidy way they displayed their extra nursery pots.So, using the above photo as inspiration and vowing to re-purpose every scrap of wood, my husband flipped the coop upside down, removed a few walls and doors, and transformed our unused chicken coop into a plant and pot storage center!
Finally my pots are organized in one place and my seedlings and transplants have a home of their own! Now, if I could only get the squirrels to leave them alone….