How To Build A Hen House-3 Crucial Mistakes To Avoid

How To Build A Hen House-3 Crucial Mistakes To Avoid

If you want to build your own hen house you will need to avoid making costly mistakes which will lead you out of pocket and with a disaster diy job on your hands. This article tells you the 3 crucial areas you must not overlook..

When starting on your chicken coop project you will need to discover how to build a hen house and the 3 major areas where your project can go badly wrong. In this article I look at these 3 factors which include
3)Protection of your birds.

1)The Location of your hen house
You will need to make sure that the location of your house is well chosen because your birds will need to be protected from predators, the elements and must have adequate light and ventilation. If you locate your house on a hilly area or slope you will incur the extra cost of levelling out the ground because you must locate your coop on a sound base to give it structural integrity.

The materials you choose are very important because if you go the cheapest route possible you will end up with a hen house that will not last any length of time and will lead to unhappy and unproductive birds.

3)Protection of your birds
The protection of your birds, and your investment, is critical to your long term success, whether for your own supply of eggs and chicken, or whether you intend going a more commercial route. Depending on where you live you may need to erect fencing around your hen house and some predators have been known to burrow under the fence and under the hen house.

These are 3 of the main factors to consider when you decide to build a hen house. But there are many others which are of equal importance such as lighting, water supply, feeders and chicken coop accessories.

Discover ALL the factors to consider when building a chicken coop and learn how to build a hen house at “Building A Chicken Coop”.

How To Grow And Handle Fresh Herbs From Your Garden

How To Grow And Handle Fresh Herbs From Your Garden Beds Or Your Container Garden

In any recipe calling for herbs, use fresh herbs. Preparing the herbs for your dish is easy. The more tender herbs like mint, parsley, basil and cilantro can be gathered in a bowl and snipped with scissors. This is the fastest and safest way to chop the herbs. If your recipe calls for the more hardy herbs like oregano, rosemary, or thyme you should use the stripping method. Hold a branch of the herb upright in your fingers and run the fingers of your other hand down the stalk stripping the tiny leaves free. The flavor will be more intense if you have gathered the herbs from your herb gardens or container gardens because they will be absolutely the freshest herbs available.

The best way to have fresh herbs is to plant and grow them yourself. No longer is there a designated herb garden. They can be found in your flower beds, along walkways or in pots on your porch. Many ambitious gardeners are finding new ways to incorporate herbs into their garden beds and their container gardens.

Many gardeners are unaware of the beauty of flowering herbs and never consider planting them within their flower beds. Some herbs that have beautiful flowers are purple coneflower, catmint, bee balm, yarrow, pinks, lavender, pot marigold, borage, feverfew, and nasturtium which is particularly lovely in fresh salads.. Many other herbs, such as parsley are excellent next to flowers of all sorts because of their spectacular foliage. When planting red or blue flowers, place purple basil around them for an artful arrangement.

Another area to consider is to use herbs as ground cover. The herbs that are suitable to this are the low growing oregano, chamomile, woolly and other creeping thyme, mint, and rosemary. Not only will it look pretty but it will be absolutely fragrant. Just be careful of the mint family, they tend to take over everything.

One of the best ways I have grown herbs is in containers. In fact, I like container gardening so much I wrote my eBook Container Gardening Secrets (available at, so everyone could enjoy this type of gardening. The beauty of a container garden is that it is portable and can be changed at a moments whim. When there is no more room in your garden, start a container garden which you can place on your door step or patio. Use them to fill in bare spots that come up during the gardening season or put them on a sunny window sill in your home for easy harvesting. Best of all you can bring your herb containers inside over the winter months and continue to harvest for months to add to your tasty meals or to be used for medicinal purposes.

Another way to employ pots in your garden is to plant invasive herbs such as mint into a pot and then plant pot and all into the ground. This is an easy trick to keep those creepers from taking over your garden beds.

Plant a container garden near your door with the cherry pie scented blue flower heliotrope and other fragrant herbs such as rosemary, thyme and basil. Every time you walk by you will be greeted with there delicious scent.

Some herbs that have grown on rocky hillsides over the centuries such as thyme, oregano and lavender are perfect for cracks in flag stone paths or walls and rock gardens. They thrive in hot dry areas with good drainage. Some believe that those herbs grown in these conditions produce much better flavor.

Now is the time to plant your herbs, whether it is in a garden bed, a cracked wall or a container garden. Use your imagination. Consider color height and texture when planting your gardens. Not only will it be visually pleasing but your cooking will improve too!

Happy Gardening!

Copyright 2006 Mary Hanna All Rights Reserved.

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The Installation Of Garden Ponds & When To Call A

The Installation Of Garden Ponds & When To Call A Professional

A beautiful landscape is what many look for in adding the finishing touch to their homes appearance. For many, a part of that beauty includes the addition of garden ponds to help decorate their outdoor paradise.

The addition of garden ponds is not an easy task, but is possible for anyone who has experience in excavation and landscaping techniques. A garden pond kit can either be purchased as a whole or piece-by-piece at a local home improvement store, which may also have information relating to its construction. There are a few important things to keep in mind, however, before beginning any outdoor project.

$If you suffer from allergies, an outdoor project may not be the best idea. Depending on the severity of your condition, allergies can increasingly worsen when doing any type of landscaping. If you think this could be a problem, you may be better served to call a contractor or professional landscaper for the installation of your garden pond.

$Speaking of allergies, some individuals suffer from an allergic reaction to bee stings. If you know this is a problem, you will either need to hire a professional or have your allergy medication on hand in the event of a sting. The best way to do this is to visit your doctor, explain the project that you will be doing and that you will be spending a lot of time outdoors and ask for a prescription.

$While outdoors, it is best to wear long pants and a long sleeve shirt. This is especially true if you are working in the evening hours, which is when many mosquitoes are out and about. During certain times of the year, these little nuisances can be quite dangerous. You will also want to be mindful of snakes, spiders and other problematic creatures when working outdoors.

If you opt for hiring a professional, you will need to shop around for the best estimate. Make sure that you get everything in writing, check out the contractor or landscaper with the local Better Business Bureau and ask for references. One of the most important criteria to consider when selecting a professional for installing garden ponds is whether or not they have experience in the type of project that you need completed. The more experience he/she has with the installation of garden ponds, the better likelihood that your project will be completed with success. And finally, make sure that you choose a professional who stands behind their work and has been in business for several years.