I am not proud of this, but this is what happens when you use straw mulch that hasn’t aged for a year:
All the straw had sprouted and was starting to choke out my new plants.
This is what it looks like after nearly three weekends of weeding and tending to everything.
There are gallon cans around nearly every small plant on our property. The chickens get to roam and do as they please so we have to protect small plants from their rooting around.