Home Staging in the backyard: when is it safe to plant seeds and annuals? Personally, I think Mothers Day is the perfect day to begin work in my garden. In years past, my son has helped me to aerate and fertilize the lawn, as well as helped to plant our favorites…sunflowers, nasturtium, baby greens, basil, rosemary, thyme, parsley and mint. A couple of years ago my husband built a squirrel cage (to keep the vermin out of my vegetable garden, not in)…nothing like planting straight rows of lettuce, arugula, carrots…and knowing that they will survive until my family eats (not the squirrels or the rabbits)…yummy! There is nothing like a day of yard work followed by a summer dinner eaten Al Fresco. I can only hope the weather cooperates with sunshine for all of us moms this year. At the very least, no frost please…the typical last frost date here in Minnesota is May 15th…Happy Day!