About Chickens and Compost

Chickens and Compost was created because I had a wealth of knowledge about chickens, compost, gardening, and wildlife that was only being spread to a few friends, my loving husband, and my adult kids. My oldest daughter created this platform to share my tips, tricks, mistakes, and more to everyone reading this – YOU. 

What to expect…

You can expect honesty about what really happens behind the scenes, integrity to create a more sustainable lifestyle, and a dry sense of humor. 

HINT: If you read everything I write in a British accent, it makes everything 10 times more credible. An American accent just doesn’t have that same effect. 

Who I Am

I am Caroline Broderick, a British-Texan who loves all things gardening, chickens, compost, and wildlife.

I am finally an empty nester of 4 beautiful children – Lauren, Thomas, Henry, and Rachel. My beloved husband, Stuart, and I live on a 5-acre property with our 2 nutty dogs (Oliver and Charlie), a sassy cat (Em), 20 chickens, 2 bee hives, and an abundant assortment of wildlife.

Just give me a glass of wine and my backyard! That’s heaven to me.

If you ever play the song “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond, you will find me dancing like no one is in the room. It happened at Lauren’s wedding – and it was glorious.

Welcome to my patch of the Texas Hill Country!

Read the latest blog posts

What’s Blooming?

Today I want to show you what’s blooming in my garden. Everything I’ve shown here is a native plant/tree that’s grown naturally on my property. Not everything that’s blooming is big and showy. As you’ll see some of the most beautiful blooms are actually really small and unremarkable until you

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Birds, Bees and Butterflies

While I’ve been busy getting the garden tidied up, I haven’t forgotten to spend some time just watching the Birds, Bees and Butterflies. One of my favorite times of the day is early morning on my back porch with a mug of coffee. A great way to relax seeing what’s

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Gardening News

Feb 2020 update Want to show this photo of a patch of Oregano that I severely trimmed back in November. This is why herbs need regular & (sometimes) harsh trimming. Look at it now! I’ve just picked a bunch for some homemade tomato soup & you can’t even see where

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Spring Gardening: Plan for Success

How many of you have been looking at seed catalogs and planning what you want to grow in your gardens this spring? Having a Grand Plan of what you want to do in your space is the best thing you can do to maximize effort and minimize costs & can

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Hugelkultur part 2

I think it’s fair to say that I have been very excited about what I’ve learned about Hugel Mounds and Permaculture over the last few weeks. It’s also fair to say that since I moved here in 2006 there have been several areas of the backyard that I’ve not really

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Hugelkultur

How often do you come across something useful, even when you didn’t know you needed it! I was wowed when an article on HUGELKULTUR popped up in my news feed! It’s a German word meaning Hill or Mound Culture – a way of growing veggies or plants in a vertical

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