How do I prevent mice in my chicken coop?

How do I prevent mice in my chicken coop?

Chickens, Organic Pest & Disease Control
I love backyard chickens but I'm definitely not a fan of mice and rats. Just because you have chickens in your backyard, doesn't mean you also have to have mice or rats in your chicken coop. In most cases, it's the spilled grain that attracts mice into the chicken coop. Once inside, the mice may discover that there's also fresh water and may conclude that your chicken coop is actually quite cozy place to live! While both mice and chickens love grain and seeds, chickens are actually omnivores, which means they also eat meat. This means that a mouse that is a bit slow running through the coop, might find that he becomes a light snack for one of your chickens. I wouldn't however, rely on your chickens to keep…
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Pinch and Prune for Huge Tomato Harvests

Pinch and Prune for Huge Tomato Harvests

Growing Food
The key to a large harvest of tomatoes is to grow plants with deep, extensive root systems and full leaf canopies. Here are two ways to help your tomato plants be as healthy, and productive, as possible: Pick off all flowers until the plant is at least 1-foot tall, that way the plant doesn't devote energy to forming fruit before its roots and foliage have filled out. Prune all the suckers as they start to grow. Suckers are the sprouts that come up between two main vines. Suckers grow quite long before producing their first flower cluster. By removing them, you allow your plant to use that energy to produce additional flower clusters elsewhere on the plant. More on Growing Tomatoes Starting Tomatoes from Seed Tomato Diseases How to Grow…
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7 Reasons Why You Should Grow Your Own Food

7 Reasons Why You Should Grow Your Own Food

Healthy Eating, Organic Gardening
Not that being part of a trend is ever a good reason to start or learn something new, but if it helps you move forward by being part of the "in" crowd, then you really need to plant your own edible garden this year. That's right, having your own vegetable garden is now trendy. In fact according to the 2009 Edibles Gardening Trends Research Report conducted by the Garden Writer's Association (GWA) Foundation, over 41 million U.S. households, or 38 percent planted a vegetable garden in 2009. And, more than 19.5 million households (18 percent) grew an herb garden and 16.5 million households (15 percent) grew fruits during the same period. The study found that there was a growth in edible gardening from both experienced gardeners and from an influx…
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