Yards & Gardens

Chicken Style

by Josh Wood Wednesday May 13, 2009

Your Lawn Ornament Could Be Laying Eggs

Tom Meade of the Journal wrote a short article about the resurgence of chickens in Rhode Island backyards. Chickens are apparently pretty efficient at bug control and yard fertilization. And of course they dispense eggs.

Tom's article doesn't venture into urban Rhode Island, but I can tell you that the chicken population in a certain Providence-area city is growing as well. To protect the flock, let's just say the name of this city rhymes with Spanston.

Unfortunately chickens are outlawed in much of the Providence area, including the capital city itself. Cranston doesn't appear to have any anti-chicken laws, but there are specific rules about feeding birds.

Personally I think a household should be allowed to raise chickens as long as they get the consent of neighbors, keep their flock rooster-free and make sure the coop is as rodent-proof as possible.

Your lawn ornament could be laying eggs.

photo by Jon Feinstein

Comment [1]

Saturday April 11, 2009

The Economics of the Urban Veggie Garden

Eat Your Yard, Continued It seems that a home vegetable garden renaissance is at hand. Home gardening stories are sprouting up all over the web. All the publicity surrounding the push to plant a garden on the White House lawn doesn’t hurt, either. ‘‘It’s a hurricane,’‘ George Ball, owner of W. Atlee... more

Sunday March 29, 2009

Lawn Alternatives: Eat Your Yard

A medium-sized garden in the Eden Park section of Cranston In our quest to find ways replace our ubiquitous and resource-hungry lawns, it’s time to consider the front yard vegetable garden. It’s becoming more common to see portions of Cranston lots dedicated to various edibles. A luxurious lot in Eastern Cranston... more

Monday October 27, 2008

Scary House

Images from a thoroughly decorated house on Tennyson. Somewhere in the menagerie is an inflatable green M&M. I can see an M&M in a scary light – especially to someone with diabetes. The artist of the display claims it was purely a comic touch.

Sunday September 14, 2008


He was walking [along] a road. He again saw a Rabbit lying on the edge of the road. As he went along quite close to it, he spoke thus: “Who’d meddle with a rock Rabbit?” he said. That one was a real Rabbit but he paid no attention to it. He passed on... more

Tuesday August 12, 2008

Fauna of Cranston: 9 Rabbits and an Owl

When they went on the second day and arrived at the garden, it had all grown up high again. Every tree and bush, every stalk and bramble had put itself back together again. “What is happening?” they said. The animals small and great: puma, jaguar, deer, rabbit, fox, coyote, peccary,... more