Another issue is accidental damage while playing hard: a wild chase through the broad beans, wrestling in the chard.
|Previously a litter box|
If you're planting out small seedlings protection is easy: surround them with a bottomless plant or yoghurt pot, put an upside-down wire or hanging basket on top or use glass cloches.
It's a bit trickier when you're sowing direct. In a raised bed you can net over the entire bed: simply pop in some hoops and peg down the netting over top. Otherwise we haven't come up with anything better than using string at cat height along the row. This marks the row and makes it a bit inconvenient for cats to stop for a comfort break. The string has to be quite taut.
|String along a row - a bit higher than ideal|
|Contemplating the raspberries|
If you have to plant anything in the chicken area, think cages. Make a simple wire cage to net over or use chicken wire in a creative way.
|Woodruff behind chicken wire|
|Cages and netting over tea bushes|
The absolute minimum is surrounding your plant with large stones to stop the chickens scratching there. This might be enough for bulbs, but if there's any delicious greenery showing added protection is needed.
The good thing about chickens, at least, is that they eat quite a lot of pests as well and provide fertiliser free of charge. The grass in their area is definitely greener!