Status: (Slowly) Onward and Upward

It’s been a slow week here, but the seedlings have been progressing well. We dealt with the season’s 16th snow storm last Monday that resulted in a few extra inches of the white stuff. Thankfully, it was all gone within a couple days and things warmed up nicely by the weekend. Now, however, it looks like yet one more Nor’easter is coming our way this week. Snow totals are iffy but it doesn’t look like we’re going to come away unscathed. Despite the crazy weather, the birds, squirrels, and rabbits are out in full force, and some of our perennials (day lilies and a few daffodils here and there) are starting to pop through the soil. The backyard has taken a beating with all the freezing and thawing, but we’re hopeful that we’ll be able to get out over the next couple weekends to start prepping the garden beds. Meanwhile, after this week’s cold snap, we’ll probably start putting some of the seedlings in the cold frame this coming weekend.  Here’s how things look at the moment.

We transplanted the Kale and Romanesco from Tray #1 into large cups as they were taking over the tray. Everything else is practically begging for the outdoors!
We transplanted the kale and romanesco from Tray #1 into large cups as they were taking over the tray. Everything else (the greens) is practically begging for the outdoors!
More of the transplanted kale and romanesco.
More of the transplanted kale and romanesco.
All the tomatoes in Tray #2 look wonderful! They are all looking strong and starting to sprout secondary sets of leaves.
All the tomatoes in Tray #2 look wonderful! They are all looking strong and starting to sprout secondary sets of leaves.
The pepprs in Tray #3 are coming along. Sadly, none of the 2nd gen. seeds have sprouted (empty rows) and we're not sure if they will at this point.
The peppers in Tray #3 are coming along. Sadly, none of the 2nd gen. seeds have sprouted (empty rows) and we’re not sure if they will at this point.
More tomatoes and the little ground cherries in Tray #4 -- looking good all around!
More tomatoes and the little ground cherries in Tray #4 — looking good all around!
And last but not least, the basil. We might be getting these guys into planters soon.
And last but not least, the basil. We might be getting these guys into planters soon.

We’re extremely pleased with how well the seedlings are growing and really can’t wait to get everything in the ground. (Summer recipe planning has also begun!) According to the planting calendar, we can transplant the greens early next month and the tomatoes and peppers in early May. It’s actually a little hard to believe that the end of March is upon us. Goodbye Winter and hello Spring!

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