Planning a New Garden in East Tennessee

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My husband and I are waiting somewhat patiently to close on a house the next state over. It is maybe 20 minutes from where we live now. I have been collecting plants in this town for right about 35 years and now I gotta get them moved from here and situated comfortably there.

The main consideration is the chickens. I need them there to prepare the soil but I also need them here to keep the weeds down so I can actually find the plants I want to move. Thankfully my husband has agreed to build a chicken tractor for the new place. It is scary having chickens in a place where I don't sleep but I can try it with a few roosters. After that hubby can get to work on a door for the existing shed and when that is done we can move the remainder of the chickens. We can sleep at the new place after that happens.

Other than that, I need to work out how to provide the plants I have with a happy place. My husband has chosen the west side of the house for his mowing pleasure which leaves me with the majority of the property which only gets morning shade. Sounds like heaven, right? Thing is this yard gets a whole lot of shade and I have a whole lot of shade lovers I don't want to lose. I gotta get me some shade and fast.