Our Planting Plan

The following is an ever growing list of plants we are planning to use on our plot.

Chicken Forage

  • Mulberry tree (avoid the white berried one as the fruit are insipid. Find a self fertile type that fruits for up to 3 months)
  • Apple tree
  • Sunflowers
  • Alfalfa (differing reports on this one, some say you shouldn’t feed it to hens?)
  • Dandelion
  • Comfrey (the only plant to cope with raw chicken poop. Said to be toxic in large amounts)
  • Stinging nettle
  • Forage pea/field pea
  • Siberian pea shrub
  • Bladder senna
  • Wheat
  • Barley
  • Oats
  • Rye
  • Millet
  • Buckwheat
  • Iron & clay peas (?)
  • Kale/collards/spring greens
  • Courgette
  • Rocket
  • Alpine strawberry
  • Diverse Poultry Pasture Mix (which includes; Ryegrass, Strong, Sheeps & Chewing Fescue, Bentgrass, Lucerne, Birdsfoot Trefoil, White Clover, Chicory, Burnet, Sheeps Parsley, Sheeps Burnet & Yarrow

Pig forage

  • Fodder beet
  • Swede
  • Maize
  • Barley
Wildlife
  • Red & white clover
  • Lavender
  • Valerian
  • Vipers bugloss (number 1 bee plant apparently)
  • Bird’s foot trefoil
  • Oregano
  • Golden oregano
  • Greater knapweed
  • Creeping thyme
If you have any other ideas of the plants we should be planting, please leave a comment below – we are after perennial or self seeding annuals that will flourish in our Cornish climate. Thank you! x

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About HedgeComber

A Field-to-Fork food blogger based on a small farm in Cornwall, UK.
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