Chicken Herb and Edible Flower Garden Video Tour


Each year, the space I devoted to herbs became larger and larger in our vegetable garden, so finally I resigned myself that I need to just concentrate on growing herbs and edible flowers.  I now grow a wide variety of culinary herbs to use fresh and dried in cooking, and I also use herbs in lots of ways with our chickens. The flowers are wonderful as garnish for desserts as well as for the chickens to eat. Come along with me on a tour of this year's herb and edible flower garden.

Through the winter, not much is growing, but several herbs are perennials and come back each year. Here Winston and I survey the garden and pull a few errant weeds, getting ready for spring planting.

~our garden in late February~
In early spring, I plant seeds and also order seedlings to arrive later once the ground warms up and the danger of frost is past.  Herbs are generally not picky about soil conditions and most prefer full sun and little water.

~our garden in April~
By June the garden is in full swing and I've already harvested and dried several batches of various herbs.


Our garden will continue to provide fresh herbs right through until the first frost.
~our garden in June in its full glory~
We have several toads who live in the garden. They are my choice for all natural insect control. I set out several toad houses and dishes of water for our little bug-eating friends to encourage them to stay.


Now, let's take that tour so you can see what I have chosen to grow this year and some of the benefits of each herb.


I hope you enjoyed the tour and learned something along the way.  I would love to hear what's in YOUR herb garden already....and what you want to add.




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Many thanks to Brittany from Happy Days Farm for volunteering her superb video editing skills.

12 comments:

  1. What a super video! Thank you for making it. Great education tool for a newbie. I learn something new everytime I visit your blog!

    Many thanks!

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  2. I love the toad idea. Very cute idea for a chicken garden. I'll have to put this on my list for things to do in the future. :)

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  3. Lisa,

    I love your herb garden. Thank you for sharing with us! I haven't searched the site yet but if you haven't already, please share the recipes you use for human & chicken teas? Love you Toad Houses, too!

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    1. Hi Donna,
      No real 'recipe' but here's a bit more information on the herbal teas: http://www.fresh-eggs-daily.com/2012/01/tea-for-twoor-whole-flock.html

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  4. Good to know that so many herbs are valuable to the health of chickens. Thank you!

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  5. Wonderful garden and love the little toad house! :)

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  6. That's not a weed Lisa, it's Dianthus. Aka Sweet William. It's a member of the carnation family, and it's sold as an annual. They are hardy enough to be perrenial here in Connecticut. You can move it and it will thrive anywhere but prefer it sunny and dry. They are also self seeding, so gather some pods and dry them for more. I love Dianthus. It blooms early and will go until a hard frost or freeze if you deadhead regularly.
    Love your video! Nice job :)

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    1. Huh...you're right I just googled it. Interesting...apparently seeds blew in from somewhere. Thanks so much! It is very pretty, I"m glad I left it. It's also edible apparently.

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  7. A nice garden with the Mr Toad having some good time there I feel he is very happy there.
    Boring Machine

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  8. I enjoyed your herb garden video. Believe my Sweet Williams have the same leaves and structure of your mystery. Also many of the flowers are edible both as fried or a unique edible colored, and sometimes spicy garnish to a salad. My first time making a raised herb garden was when I moved to Huntsville, AL it was certainly different than New Hampshire. I am now in Mississippi less than 1 mile away from the Ocean and the mostly sandy soil requires a raised bed (my opinion).
    I am trying to get a general synopsis of the different herbs as to their health and medicinal list. I would appreciate being pointed in the right direction if you can give me a good lnternet address worth going to for herb health and medicinal description. Thank You. Dacarey199@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you! I just love growing herbs but being originally from New England, southern growing is a bit of a challenge.

      I have pulled information from several different places on the benefits of herbs and consolidated it here: http://www.fresh-eggs-daily.com/2012/07/benefits-of-herbs.html

      I haven't found one site that has all the information unfortunately. Thanks for that identification on my mystery herb.
      Lisa

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