By now you’re wondering what does this have to do with planting peas. We have not planted peas or much of anything for a while, but when we did the chickens watched the planting very closely. In order to use the garden fences I would plant vertical veggies on the fence, like peas, and tomatoes. When I would plant the peas inches from the fence, the chickens watched and waited. After I left, the chickens would come along and get the peas, I wouldn’t know for a couple weeks, until many of the peas never sprouted. So I had to get smarter than the bremmers/chickens. Our fence is 2” x 4” wire, way big enough for a chicken head, peacock neck, and other assorted fowl to explore through. The I got wise and put up chicken wire along most of the fence, only recently have I completed the entire garden.
Yesterday I soaked the peas, sugar snaps and snow peas, over night. The soaking gets them a few days head start. Today I planted the peas, some of them on the garden interior, inside the tomato,cucumber/squash rings (more on those rings later). My thinking is that by the time we are ready to plant cucumbers there in about 5-6 weeks, the peas will be well underway. The peas will die out before the cucumbers are ready and add nitrogen to the soil to help the cucumbers.
I soaked way more peas than I had space for in the rings, the rest went right into the lions den, the rest were planted on the fence line closest to where the chickens hang out. Sure enough the chickens watched every pea placement. I hope I was smarter than them today. Another one of Al’s sayings is, “I’ve already said more than I know.”