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Need ideas for your design? Or not ready for a whole playgarden? Create a Project Pod with two or more items from the list below. Try to incorporate animals and plants together. Select a few at random and see how many beneficial relationships you can come up with.
butterfly garden flower garden
bird feeder nut/fruit tree and shrub garden
worm farm keyhole garden
rabbits hugelkultur bed
frog/ fish pond lasagna garden
chickens herb spiral
Start a small flock of backyard chickens. Let them prepare a spot for a flower garden. Grow a variety of flowers to cut, attract butterflies, and improve the soil. After the first fall frost, collect seeds, then cover with chicken manure, cardboard, grass clippings and fallen leaves for a lasagna garden. It will be ready to plant veggies in the spring, and during winter the chickens can prepare another spot for a flower garden. Then, in the third year, plant a fruit or nut tree surrounded by a couple small shrubs and other perennials, such as flower bulbs and comfrey to feed the soil.
If space is limited, hang a bird feeder in the fall and winter over the place you want a garden, instead of using chickens.