My seven year old son left the gate open to the vegetable garden this week. It was a mistake that was discovered about six hours later, unfortunately, after the chickens and ducks had been on a veggie visit…
The veggie patch was beginning to take shape and I was pleased with the progress; the tiny plants were beginning to peak through the soil. They are no more. The chickens and ducks had a wonderful afternoon scratching, digging, pecking and dust-bathing.
The baby salad leaves that were peaking through have gone, the broad bean seedlings have gone, and my spinach and lettuce plants protected by the bottle cloches just did not have enough protection against the mighty chickens.
All that was left was a bare patch…
They all looked very pleased with themselves as I looked at their afternoon’s work. The scratching and soil-turning skills that I had been delighted with when they were helping clear a patch of land for flowers had been deployed on my beautiful veggie garden.
At least the greenhouse door was shut! That devestation would of probably made me cry.
There was nothing for it but to lecture the kids (again) on keeping the gate shut, fix the damage in the veggie patch and look forward to the eggs that the chickens and ducks would be laying following their nutritious feast.
A few plants were past saving. My only surviving purple sprouting broccoli plant for one. I will be surprised if it manages to put on enough growth to give me another picking. It was looking so good.
At least it was early in the seaon. The lesson has hopefully been learned over the loss of a few plants rather than a whole season’s growth – like last year!