Hello garden gals and guys! Yesterday (Sunday, April 22nd) was Earth Day.  Did you do anything fun?

It was about 62 degrees here in Maryland, and warm enough to get out there and plant some cold season crops. 

The first thing I did was check out my local nursery.  They used to be around the corner from me, but moved to a new location.  It’s about four miles away now, instead of just one, but it was worth the trip. 

My lettuce, collards, and broccoli seedlings are taking their time growing and aren’t ready to transplant, so I bought some seedlings from the nursery.  Since they are cold season crops, I know they’ll be okay if we get any last minute frosts or cold snaps. 

Here’s the haul from the nursery.  I got several varieties of lettuce, arugula, beets, collards, basil, and broccoli. 

I also got some fertilizer to add to the soil and some mealworm treats for my chickens.  They LOVE mealworms! But I only do the dried ones…I’m not touching live ones. Nope. Not gonna happen. 

I had to get some organic fertilizer for my tomato and pepper seedlings, now that they are finally getting their true leaves.  

I decided to use the raised bed near the garage for my lettuce, spinach, and arugula this year.  The past two years I’ve had tomatoes and peppers there, so it’s time for a rotation.  I got the soil ready:
Then planted:

I put the collards and broccoli in the garden cage:
Then I put beets and basil in the raised bed outside of the cage.
Now, if it would just get warm…and stay warm…so that I can put out my tomatoes and peppers, that would be great!
Oh, and here’s a funny little video for you.  I told you my chickens love dried meal worms.  Here’s what they do when they know I have them:
That’s all for now garden gals and guys! Until next time…
Happy farming!