COT­TAGE GAR­DEN TIPS

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In coastal lo­ca­tions, grow hardy species of fruit and veg­eta­bles in boxes or pro­tected ar­eas.

Mesh cov­ers will keep chick­ens and other an­i­mals out very ef­fec­tively. Most chem­i­cal weed killers aren’t ideal for dogs and chick­ens so con­sider hand-weed­ing your lawn. Don’t be limited by what you can buy. To cre­ate a trel­lis for their pas­sion­fruit vines, Edwina used the in­ner­springs of an old sin­gle mat­tress (right). It’s stuck to their shed wall and is a great plat­form for climb­ing veg­eta­bles like peas and beans. Edwina and Lin­coln also use a cubby house as their chicken coop. They bought it on eBay for $220 and con­verted it with perches and boxes in one af­ter­noon. Their new coop is re­ally se­cure and the chick­ens love it.

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