April

Seedlings up: lettuce, basil, peppers, kale, cabbage, Swiss chard, beets; and one lonely tomato seedling popped up last night, ahead of its mates. Plus, one seedling popped up in the tray of parsley seeds to my surprise. The packets and books all insisted that parsley takes 3 weeks or a month to germinate, and I planted those last Saturday! Four days?? Wonder if it is a seed of something else that got in there by accident.

Everybody is down in our basement, on heat mats and under grow lights, safe from the crazy winter weather we are having right now!

 Kale on left, Swiss chard and beets in middle and right (they look identical at this stage)

Kale on left, Swiss chard and beets in middle and right (they look identical at this stage)

 This is what lettuce looks like at one week.

This is what lettuce looks like at one week.

 One lone parsley seedling? If yes, it is 3 weeks earlier than expected!

One lone parsley seedling? If yes, it is 3 weeks earlier than expected!

Compost was delivered yesterday in a huge truck. The problem - how to empty the load of compost off to the side of the driveway without driving off the side and getting stuck in the mud. The driver got stuck and had to wait almost 2 hours for another truck to arrive from his company and haul him out! This was good, as I was anticipating having to have him there for a couple of months until the ground dried up, bringing him meals every now and then...

 Truck on left with our compost being pulled out with a chain attached to truck on the driveway

Truck on left with our compost being pulled out with a chain attached to truck on the driveway

 Phew! Got our compost at last!

Phew! Got our compost at last!

 Look at the mess on the left! Some of the ruts were about a foot deep!

Look at the mess on the left! Some of the ruts were about a foot deep!