Peas under clear plastic- OK?
I planted out snow and snap peas and put them under clear plastic because they needed protection from the birds, it was raining very heavily and constantly for a long period, and it was colder than normal this spring. The peas are now out of the ground, and they look really good (they are only 1/2 inch high right now, but have true leaves, etc.)
So what I am wondering is, should I leave the plastic on for a while, or take it off so they don't get too warm and enjoy more sunlight? It's in the low 50s outside right now in the day time, and around 40 at night. It probably is not more than 70 (if that) under the plastic. We have the plastic propped up with sticks so there is room to grow; I am mainly worried about the warm temperatures causing problems for the peas. Will they be OK now? At what point are birds going to leave them alone for certain?