I picked an overflowing bucket of green beans yesterday and probably need to pick again tomorrow. I haven't prepared them yet but really need to get to them. I got trellises set up for the tomatoes yesterday which I should have done a long time ago. I ended up knocking off a lot of green tomatoes but they really are loaded down so I don't suppose it hurt too much. I've also had lots of ripe tomatoes and eaten most of them warm out of the garden. Bring them in, wash them off and get the salt shaker out. Yum.
I had made a wooden trellis for my cucumbers a while back in an attempt to control them. A couple days ago I covered it with tulle to see if I could keep the squash bugs from getting on them when they swarm. I haven't seen any yet and have actually picked a couple of small cukes. The worst part will be getting to the cucumbers but I think I can just move the tulle aside to pick them. I had to stake it, which wasn't in the original plans but it was blowing around too much.
I agree with your concept HEChicken which is what my free rangers do, However, where I have the birds separated for breeding purposes I have to have more control for them than just letting them seek shade. I have too much money invested in my breeding stock to let them die of heat exhaustion.
In nature there are certain breeds that are fitted for our climate and survive with the same. When we bring in other birds they may have the wrong type feathering or body size to do well here.
I expect comfort for myself so naturally I'm going to try to make them comfortable as well.
I haven't dug my garlic yet but it's about ready. Actually it gets less bitter if it hangs and ages for a while. I normally hang mine in my basement.