Goodness, how did April sneak up like that? This coming week is a big one for planting! The remaining tomatoes and peppers will be started indoors, and some of the cool weather crops can be sown outside. I'll do this in a trickle-like fashion, as is my slow-but-steady way these days. For the next couple months, I'll gladly shun any and all social obligations in favor of spending quality time with my dirt. I'll hover like a fretting mother over my new seedlings, and check the weather reports more often than the weatherman can change them.
I'm a couple weeks late getting these little oat seeds in the ground, but I'm not too worried - we've been having a bit of a warm, dry spell, and as far as I know oats prefer to have a little wet, cold snap for starting. The nights are still very cold, and we'll likely see more cooler days (snow, even) in the next couple months. This weekend we'll till some compost into a 100 square foot area, and plant our little oat patch.
The oats are part of our experiment with a garden for the chickens, which I hope will provide a large part of our flock's food supply at the end of the year when their pasture is covered in snow. It's also our first time growing grains, and I'm really excited about that!
I'm having the chickens accompany me in the garden area these days, and they're doing a fine job helping me get the soil prepared.
Are you planting, growing, or harvesting right now too, friends?