FAQ: Do your hens damage your garden?
The short answer is 'YES'
The longer answer is 'You have to adjust your tolerance level and balance the joy of allowing the hens to roam free over the lawn and among the flower beds with your standards of garden neatness'
About a month ago the under-gardeners' unauthorised gardening project (UGP) had exceeded our tolerance level. We had to do something to stop a quarter of our lawn being totally stripped of grass and we had to do it fast and without spending loads of money. At the local builders' merchant we found the answer – a 50 metre roll of orange netting suitable for road works and detering determined hens. This has had the desired affect (although the under-gardeners have demonstrated their ability to cross over, under and around the barrier), but does make the garden look like the inside lane of the A14. And the studio assistants think it's a squirrel enclosure constructed for their entertainment.
Meanwhile the under-gardeners have started a number of small scale UGPs . . .
UGP No:1 Scattering paved areas with stones raked from the borders . . .
UGP No:2 Digging out the gravel surrounding the pond . . .
and last but not least
UGP No:3 Shredding the large patch of white bluebells . . .
Do they look guilty?