Well, I finally pulled the rest of the turnips, the single tiny beet (the other ones were pathetically tiny) and the rest of the pea plants, the vines almost totally brown and dry. And all while we're still in the month of May.
Up until the moment I ripped out the remaining pea plants (stripped of their pods) Rhiannon has been religiously picking and eating them. "Momma? Go out eat peas?" was uttered every day, often several times a day. I'd better get some more in the ground ASAP or I'm going to have a cranky toddler.
Now I have an entire raised bed ready for planting again. And this past week would have been perfect were it not for the chickens. We still do not have the front "yard" fenced in so the chickens feel that every inch of the homestead is their personal salad buffet.
When I planted earlier this year, I had the plastic over the hoops to warm up the beds, and as a bonus it kept the chickens from scratching, pecking, dusting themselves and eating every single green thing in there. But putting plastic on now would just cook any emerging seedlings so I'm going to have to go to the feed store and see if they have any poultry netting or light fabric that I can drape over the beds. I'm hoping it will keep the chickens out and as an added bonus, provide a little bit of protection from the scorching sun and maybe even prevent some of the nasty vegetable-eating bugs from gaining access to the plants.
Add the chicken destruction to the fact that we haven't had ANY rain since April 13th or so, my yard, beds, gardens are basically powdered dirt. For those of you that live in the southern part of the country, how do you keep your gardens from getting sun-scorched?