Ken Peavey wrote:Got chickens? Put a fence around your intended pea area with room to spare, add chickens. Let them do their thing for a week or two. This is the fastest and easiest way to knock down the population. As a bonus, the hens will fertilize the bed and till it a few inches deep.
If you only have a couple hundred pea plants, start them in trays/cells or cups, transplant them when they are larger, may survive the onslaught.
Sift the soil, prepare a deep bed with the sifted soil, put your peas in there. This method would be the greatest work and would only last a year
Irene Kightley wrote:Jamie, it depends on the space the chickens have to feed and entertain themselves, if the garden's big enough, chickens won't do much damage.
Irene Kightley wrote:Well that's strange. It sounds as though you have a huge amount of things for them to do/eat !
I wonder what causes them to focus on the veggies in your garden and not in mine.
What kind of chickens do you have ?
Irene Kightley wrote:I've just looked at your blog, then at your photobucket photos (nice !) and you have a different system to us for your beds.
I see now why moving all the mulch on those mounds would be a problem.
Could you fence the chickens in a new bed for a day or so to let them scratch before you start using the earth ?