The peas have grown about a foot in the past 5 days or so. That's Ellie doing some watering.
The littlest Young'un helping with the watering. She loves those boots!
The watering crew.
Now, remember that we let the Gals roam around the unplanted garden for a few weeks after they first arrived? The idea was to have them eat all the weed seeds and sprouts which would save us some work later. While the Gals were weeding for us, they'd also be laying down a bit of fertilizer, if you know what I mean. It seemed like a great plan, but we've hit a bit of a snag.
While they Gals were living in the garden, we threw some chicken scratch out for them every couple of days. Chicken scratch isn't their main feed, just a little treat of sorts. Anyway, it's made of different grains. If you are even a little bit of a scientist, you have figured out what our #2 lesson learned is already.
Yep, we were throwing unsprouted grains into our garden plots. This would not have been a problem if they Gals were not picky eaters. However, it appears they did not care for one of the grains in the scratch mix. These grain seeds have now sprouted and are creating a pretty green grassy haze in many of our garden plots. Sigh. It seemed like a good idea.
Amateur Farmer Lesson #2 - throwing unsprouted grains into your dirt will give you plants which require weeding
Sharing these lessons is a bit embarrassing, but I thought you should know if only to encourage you in your "farming." Just when we think we know what we're doing, we receive a reminder (or two) that there is much to learn. Don't let the mistakes keep you from throwing some seeds/plants in the ground - just make sure those seeds/plants don't violate Lesson #2.