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bibbster



Joined: 17 Apr 2009
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Location: Just a bit inland from Aberaeron
PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 12 12:59 pm    Post subject: Ground cover plants  Reply with quote    

I have a new large bank to cover with low growing plants.. does anyone have any suggestions as to what I could plant (I need a lot!) I thought of Sedum amongst others, but have read it is toxic to chickens?

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44254
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 12 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Wild strawberries

bibbster



Joined: 17 Apr 2009
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Location: Just a bit inland from Aberaeron
PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 12 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
Wild strawberries

The chickens would love that!!

earthyvirgo



Joined: 24 Aug 2007
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Location: creating prints in the loft, Gerlan
PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 12 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Woodruff. Spreads like wildfire. Takes from a tiny bit of root cutting. Lovely clusters of little white flowers that smell like marzipan if you dry them and nice leaf shapes.

Very easy to get rid of if you get tired of it. Very pretty from early spring to .... well, mine is still going.

EV

Tavascarow



Joined: 06 Aug 2006
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Location: South Cornwall
PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 12 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

There are any number of cheap, easy to propagate herbaceous plants & low growing shrubs.
Depends on your tastes & soil/aspect of the site.
Finding ones that are chicken proof will not be so easy.
If they don't enjoy eating them they will scratch them to death.

Tania



Joined: 07 Nov 2012
Posts: 95
Location: Dorset
PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 12 12:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Ground cover plants Reply with quote    

bibbster wrote:
I have a new large bank to cover with low growing plants.. does anyone have any suggestions as to what I could plant (I need a lot!) I thought of Sedum amongst others, but have read it is toxic to chickens?


If still looking for something - why not throw down a load of wildflower seeds (cheap to do) - both perennial and annual - the bees & butterflies would love you - just keep the chickens off while they are coming up - cos if anything like ours they will have them up in no time!

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