One Benefit of Having Urban Chickens? They Manufacture Some Great Garden Fertilizer.
|Courtesy Leslie Finical Halleck|
|This would be Leslie's Polish hen Phyllis.|
Many gardeners are holding their noses and going closer to the source. "More and more people are keeping traditional farm animals in urban settings now," said Leslie Finical Halleck, a horticulturist and garden blogger in Dallas who is also the general manager of an independent garden center. "I was talking to my friend Julie the other day and she said, 'Do you want to take chicken poop home with you?' And I said, 'Of course I do!' This is what we talk about now."Of late, Leslie -- who, yes, is married to one Sean Halleck of Chomsky -- has been chronicling life with her urban chickens, and she tells Unfair Park that next week, matter of fact, North Haven Gardens will start carrying chicken supplies and coops for those so interested. And come May 23 at 3 p.m., the joint will host Dan Probst of Bageniece Farms, who, she offers, "will talk about how to keep urban backyard chickens." Oh, Schutze ...