The weather is starting to warm up and with that come many seasonal activities. Now is a better time than any to add some of these to your calendar.

Gardening

When to plant depends on what you want to plant. The Old Farmer’s Almanac estimates May 4th is Grand Rapids’ last frost date and they have some great planting guides on their website as well.

I’ve heard conflicting information on restrictions on the sale of seeds at hardware stores, so I called up my local hardware store (not big box; less than 50,000 sqft) and they said they are open and selling everything.

If you’re having trouble finding a place, call or text me and I’ll be glad to tell you which one. But generally I can say that some hardware stores are selling seeds and the best way to know is to call ahead. I’m not sure what the situation will be with starts, but if you’re able to start some seeds indoors, this would be a great year to give it a shot.

Morel Hunting

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If you’re already going for a walk in the woods, why not scan the ground for some morels on your way?

From This Michigan Life:

The season begins as early as mid-April in the southern Lower Peninsula and can run as late at mid-June in the Upper Peninsula. Weather is a big factor in determining when the mushrooms sprout. Ideally, they need daytime temperatures above 50 degrees and night time temperatures above 40. They like moisture, so a few days after a warm spring rain is a good time to look for them.

Though many people keep their favorite spots a secret, it’s fairly well known that the DNR keeps track of large burn sites on public lands, which tends to create good conditions for these mushrooms.

Keeps in mind morels must be cooked prior to eating. They can be dried for storage, which some argue improves the flavor on reconstitution as well.

As always with wild mushrooms, make sure you’re absolutely positive about your identification. It’s also a good practice to eat a small amount if it’s your first time trying a new mushroom and keep a little on hand for identification if you don’t feel well after eating.

Spring Turkey and Fishing Seasons

Spring Turkey season officially began April 18, and extra licenses are still available for the May 1 — May 31 hunt on private land. (The DNR’s HAP program makes it easy to access private lands for hunting.) And the DNR is letting folks print licenses at home so you don’t have to wait for it to come in the mail.

Many of the catch-and-keep fishing seasons will start soon as well. Check out the DNR’s 2020 Fishing season guidelines. Though if you would normally take motorized watercraft out, be mindful of the local restrictions in place.

. . .

I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love,
If you want me again look for me under your boot-soles.

You will hardly know who I am or what I mean,
But I shall be good health to you nevertheless,
And filter and fibre your blood.

Failing to fetch me at first keep encouraged,
Missing me one place search another,
I stop somewhere waiting for you.

(Excerpt from) Song of Myself — Walt Whitman