Kim and I just finished planting our first seeds of the season - about 760 seeds give or take a few. Hot peppers and sweet peppers. We plant by the biodynamic calendar (see more here), peppers are "fruit," next fruit day will be the 23rd, when we will get first planting of tomato seeds done. It is always fun to work out there, but it is brutally cold!
I wonder how many records we have broken this year. It isn't just the cold, it is the INCESSANT cold that is getting to me. Our first calf is living in the barn. We never keep the calves in when they are born. It is healthier for them to be outside. But not this year. We are expecting two more calves this week, a beef calf and a dairy calf. Where will be put them all? Their little lean-to in the calf pen is just not enough for them.
Looking at the 10 day forecast, there are only three days when the temperature does not dip below zero in the nighttime. This is just not right!
We have to crank the greenhouse temp up now that the seeds are in. They are in seedling trays on a heat mat, but the 35º temperature that we maintain for the winter greens out there is just not good enough any longer. Thermostat has been moved up to 55º, and furnace is running pretty often to maintain that. Ca-ching, ca-ching. $$$$$$$$$$$$$
Well, spring officially begins on Thursday. Perhaps things will get better in a week or two. Or not. Sigh . . .