Dual Use For Chunnels


| 10/11/2013 7:41:00 AM


Tags: chunnels, winter sowing, greens, farm, homesteading, gardening, chickens, free ranging,

Life on Itzy Bitzy FarmFor those of you who follow my blog, you know I am still a "young" flock owner and that I spoil my chickens endlessly. You may also remember that I lost three hens while free ranging to poisonous plants, thus my "Chunnels." I cannot take credit for the invention of the chunnels as I discovered them online. But I made them and created a safe free ranging method for my flock. I use these only when I am in attendance, never letting the Girls out to play while I am away. At those times they have an ample coop and enclosed run area. I also have discovered that though I like the fencing material I used, I will make or cover the panels with hardware cloth, preventing heads getting stuck when poking through the squares to grab a bug that may be strolling by. But the chunnels have been a tremendous addition to their living area and given me a sense of security knowing they only have access to grass and bugs to eat that will not harm them.

Girls Group Shot

Though I am sharing a few photos of my chunnels this blog is about my accidental discovery of a dual purpose for a chunnel section.

The chunnels are made from 4-foot-tall welded wire fencing that is cut into sections and then zip tied together end to end to create a tunnel that goes from the run to nowhere in particular. The entire chunnel is held to the ground with landscape staples. The Girls do not seem to mind the dead end as long as there is grass during the journey.

Tunnel

A couple of weeks ago I was showing a friend my raised bed farm and the chunnel construction process. So I had a section in my hand that I was demonstrating with. When we moved on to something else I laid the chunnel section down and walked off. A few days later while picking up around the farm I picked up the chunnel panel and it slipped out of my hand. It managed to land perfectly over a 2-foot-by-4-foot raised bed. TADAAAA! An instant hot house design was born! It also managed to land over a bed that I had recently sown winter spinach in. Cover with 4-mil clear plastic and WALAAA! an instant hot house.

NebraskaDave
10/18/2013 8:40:27 AM

Susan, nice double duty use for the chunnels. I'm afraid I am one that resorts to big box food chain stores for winter greens. I have intentions of growing them under the basement grow lights every winter but have not done it yet. Maybe this will be the year for inside basement growing experiment. Outside winter growing just seems like too much work for me. Yeah, I know, I a lazy gardener. :0) Thanks for the inspiration to think about winter gardening. ***** Have a great fall day preparing for winter gardening.





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