Friday, 21 October 2011

Shade for the chicken coop

Joining Rhonda from Down To Earth with her regular Friday On My Mind Feature.  Now that the trees have been pruned and removed, the vegetable garden is flooded with light... but then so is the chicken coop.  Some sort of shade is required with the weather warming up to give the girls some relief from the afternoon sun.  So shade is on my mind... any suggestions?  Currently there is a passionfruit vine just growing over a section of it but I'm not sure it will be adequate.

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  1. That is the cutest little chicken house. Did you read Rhonda's post on (choko)chayote? Not sure if that is right for your climate. Good luck.

    brenda from arkansas

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  2. Thanks Brenda - I have thought of Choko (thanks to Rhonda) - I might try to grow it on the other side of the coop. Unfortunately only hubby and I will eat the fruit, the kids don't like it much.

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  3. The passionfruit shouldn't take too long to get going and they are good for shade. It won't keep out too much sun during winter though will it.
    A quick fix would be shadecloth but I like the choko idea. Easy to grow and can be added to everything you cook. They take on the flavours of what they are cooked with, I don't think much of them on their own.

    Barb.

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  4. Thanks Barb - I hope the passionfruit will do the trick. The chooks get a fair bit of free-range time in the backyard. I just don't want them cooking in there in case I'm out for the day and didn't get a chance to let them out into the yard. I'll head to the greengrocers to get the choko then.

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  5. That chook house is SO cute! Grapes would be nice, so would kiwi fruit but I don't know if you get frost in that spot. I always choose food plants first, but how nice would a fragrant climbing rose look?!

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  6. Hi Linda - no frost but I already have a passionfruit vine (food plant) over the top so having another really rampant vine that's too permanent may not be the ideal solution. A fragrant climbing rose is tempting though... Thanks to all for the suggestions I will certainly take it on board to come to a decision.

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  7. that is so pretty, I hope your passionfruit vine grows over it.

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