Planting Chicken Salad in the Garden

Posted by Sharkey

On Martha’s blog today, she explains how we got a new delivery of baby chicks.  They were brought to the farm by Traci Torres, of My Pet Chicken.  Traci’s business provides everything you need to keep backyard chickens, including baby chicks, chicken coops, accessories, and books.  Along with the adorable little chicks, Traci also brought several seed packets of a special mix of greens that chickens love to eat.  It has the funny name of “Chicken Salad” and I thought it would be a nice gesture to help plant those seeds.

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Ryan told me that he would be planting some of the Chicken Salad seed mix in the vegetable garden today.  I think I'll help him with that chore.

1 Ryan told me that he would be planting some of the Chicken Salad seed mix in the vegetable garden today. I think I'll help him with that chore.

Ah-ha!  Here are the seed packets.  I think I'll open one up with these scissors and see what the seeds look like.

2 Ah-ha! Here are the seed packets. I think I'll open one up with these scissors and see what the seeds look like.

Well, look at this nice variety!  According to the package, it's a mix of dwarf Essex rape, purple top turnip, Bracco white mustard, forage kale, and Landino clover.

3 Well, look at this nice variety! According to the package, it's a mix of dwarf Essex rape, purple top turnip, Bracco white mustard, forage kale, and Landino clover.

I've noticed that Ryan and Shaun like to label everything in the garden.  I'll just use this label maker.

4 I've noticed that Ryan and Shaun like to label everything in the garden. I'll just use this label maker.

Perfect!!!

5 Perfect!!!

Now, it's out to the vegetable garden.

6 Now, it's out to the vegetable garden.

Yoo-hoo, Ryan!  I'm here to help plant the Chicken Salad!

7 Yoo-hoo, Ryan! I'm here to help plant the Chicken Salad!

So, I see that we start by raking the surface of the bed.

8 So, I see that we start by raking the surface of the bed.

I'll just sprinkle and spread some seeds here, but there are still so many in the packet!

9 I'll just sprinkle and spread some seeds here, but there are still so many in the packet!

What's that, Ryan?  I'm spreading them to close together?  OK, I'll be more careful with the remaining seeds.

10 What's that, Ryan? I'm spreading them to close together? OK, I'll be more careful with the remaining seeds.

Well, thanks, Ryan.  I'm very happy to help.  Now we just have to be patient for about six weeks before we can start picking the salad for the chickens to enjoy.

11 Well, thanks, Ryan. I'm very happy to help. Now we just have to be patient for about six weeks before we can start picking the salad for the chickens to enjoy.

This is a really nice idea planting Chicken Salad for our egg-laying friends.

12 This is a really nice idea planting Chicken Salad for our egg-laying friends.

Comments (9)

  • Sharkey I'm jealous mom won't let me in her vegetable garden, I like to sample all the crops ;)

    So I see you have some new friends at the farm, little chicks. So tell me Francesca and Sharkey what happens to the old chickens? Please don't tell me they become chicken stock!!! They are really cute little things, my mom wants chickens so bad but is worried that us dogs will just bark our heads off at the little critters. I wouldn't mind chasing a few around the yard might make for some new excercise equipment.

    Easter was so much fun and the weather was perfect! All the kids were swimming in the pool and there was lots of food. The Easter bunny brought us venison and duck treats they were YUMMY.

    Basil glad to hear you are feeling better :)

    Zoe

  • Oh I just read Martha's blog about her PET baby chicks...here I thought she was planting the Salad greens for a Chicken salad and the chicks were going to be the other part of the salad...so are these chicks for laying eggs?
    You did great Sharkey, helping out with the planting.

  • I could not get on the computer for a few days so I had to go back and read the previous posts. G.K., you look so handsome. You are going to be a babe magnet like me. I want to thank my new furry friends for the birthday wishes. The steak was so tasty. Yumm. I must say, you girls are so involved with so many projects on the farm. You are not afraid to get your paws dirty, that is for sure. I hope you all had a good Easter and now I am going to go hide as I heard the word BATH mentioned again.

  • Hello Ladies,
    Those baby chicks are the cutest. Mom and I always hear how Martha brings in her eggs for everyone at work. Wish we worked with Martha. This will be great for the chickies having all the new greens in the weeks ahead. Sharkey you are such a helper. You deserve extra treats for being Ryan's assistant. We have Kale and radishes coming up. I rested good yesterday from my busy Easter. Think I will do that again today. Have a great day all!!
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Sharkey you are such an adorable little helper. That photo of Ryan giving you a head scratch is so cute. It's very sweet of you to help plant food so that the new chicks have healthy food to eat and grow strong. Obviously Francesca and GK left you to supervise this task. :wink:

    Glad you're almost back to full strength Basil. Senor Rebel, it sounds like you are feeling better too! :smile:

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., Hey Sharkey, now I know where you went when Francesca and G.K. went to the Stable yesterday! I know that you love to be helpful whenever Shaun or Ryan, etc. are doing new projects there at the farm and this blog post shows us you were doing a terrific job helping plant those Chicken Salad Seeds in Martha's wonderful vegetable garden!! Those chickens are going to be so happy when they find out you helped plant their vegetable foods! I love your photos and you look so serious about what you were doing and so happy when you were finished! Have another great day, everyone! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Oh Sharkey, girl you are a Pawsome farmer! You raked the ground, sowed those seeds and did not even get your paws dirty! How do you do it!

    When I help Mom garden I usually end up in the bath afterwards! BOL

    woo woos, Tessa

  • Ooh chicken salad sounds delish.

    I'll take mine on whole wheat, minus the pickle and add a side of 'tato' salad. :)

    gail

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    I couldn't log on yesterday; guess website was having some problems. I don't get to plant anything around here. I just mostly watch Mommy and Daddy do all the work. Seems better that way; I'm always getting in the way it seems. As I've said before, I have room of donkeys, rabbits and chickens at my place, but still don't have any around. Maybe some day when we don't travel as much we'll be here to keep these animals around.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

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