Sunday, August 12, 2012

Plastic & Predators

I released the chickens again today for round two. Signs are very encouraging - the plastic trellis ground cover halts their rampage around the orange trees, and they go wreak havoc elsewhere.

You might be forgiven for thinking this blue-tongue has a chicken related injury, both from the birds' reputed ferocity, and the context of this post so far. However, the only relation this picture actually has to the chickens - other than it also wanted to bite me - is that it was another predator in the garden today. I'm thrilled - this is the first blue-tongue I've seen in my yard in the five & half years I've been here. Found him slinking under the black plastic I've been using to sheet mulch my garden beds... never thought I'd come to think of plastic as habitat. I hope the smorgasbord of slugs in my yard entices him to stick around & spend less time with the neighbor's yappy-dog. That would be best for both of us.


  1. I guess it's a good thing, but I don't like "surprises" of ANY kind when I lift up stuff in the garden.
    Glad the plastic trellis is working for you. Hubby wants chickens next year and I'm sort of dreading it because of the damage they can do in their search for bugs.

  2. I have to admit, when I heard the rustle under the plastic, I did for a moment think it was one of the unkinder reptiles of the area (brown snakes are renowned) - so while I want to add habitat for lizards, I have to keep in mind that's not necessarily all I'll be getting in the bargain.

    I wouldn't be without my chickens, but as you may well notice, I spend a lot of my time keeping them in line - I certainly don't let them have the run of the garden. Figure out away to contain the destruction, and you'll have the hardest and most productive element of your garden. Although, what do you do with chickens in the snow?