TODAY’s Tamron Hall explores the world of gardening with the help of hunky expert Brook Klausing, who shows her which plants are easiest to nurture in your location, along with some hardy varieties perfect for those whose thumbs aren’t quite so green.
Jamie Durie, one of our favorite Aussies and landscape designers, shows Kathie Lee and Hoda how to keep weeds at bay, ways to prevent rabbits, deer and other animals from eating your plants, and a simple way to grow plants in a greenhouse.
Gardening is hardly a straightforward practice, – goodness knows it takes skills, dedication, and more than a little luck to grow flowers and veggies. Here are some just plain fun, silly, or even mind-boggling facts.
Michael Nuñez of Popular Science magazine is on the TODAY plaza to show Matt Lauer some high-tech gadgets to make your lawn into a “smart yard,” including colorful solar-powered light, gardening apps, and a robotic lawn mower.
One way to eliminate insects and insect larvae is by having poultry in your yard. In the United Kingdom it is very popular to have fowl in the garden. One interesting structure for the garden is the chicken coop. Some of them are quite attractive. Google up English Chicken coops and hit the Images button to see some creative designs for chicken coops. Here in the US, gardeners who have a large enough space are now also adding chicken coops to their gardens. Not only do chickens eat ticks and other insects but they can really be another interesting element in your garden. If you pet and play with the chicks from an early age, they can become like pets. A cousin in Maine had some chickens that their daughter always played with so they became friendly. These chickens laid Easter egg colored eggs. And because the chickens ate ticks, the property was free of the pests.
TheGardenLady was raised with fowl on her parents’ farm. I loved when we got the baby chicks each spring. Nothing is cuter than a baby chick. However I found that more friendly than chickens are ducks. Ducks do what is called imprinting on the person who plays with them. Ducks really make loyal pets. Read this to learn about what it means when ducks imprint. And watch this video to see how cute a duck can be.
If I had room on my property to have a place for poultry to roost and overwinter, I would absolutely buy some poultry for my yard. Of course, I would also check with the city where I live to see if it is legal to have fowl.
When I was in Scotland, one garden I visited had what are called Runner Ducks. I had never seen this comical type of duck before. Watch this.
To check out the different types of chickens and ducks available go online or look at this or read this.