April Weather

The weather here has been gradually improving over the last few weeks. The forecast for this week looks very good: highs between 5 and 10 degrees Celsius, and lows around or just below freezing. Whenever weather like this shows up, it's tempting to think that spring is finally here, but of course you can never be sure.

Last year, the beginning of April had similar mild weather, even reaching a balmy 24 degrees. But just to show that you can never count on April, the temperature started to drop on the 18th, treating us to about a week of snow and temperatures between 8 and 15 degrees below zero. By the end of the month, temperatures hit 20 degrees again. I remember watching a poor robin shivering in the snow, looking pretty ticked off about the whole thing.

Although it's entirely possible something similar could happen again, the seven-day forecast looks so promising that I'm thinking of gambling and putting a few things in the ground. Seeds of broccoli, beets, cabbage, Swiss chard, lettuce, onions, peas, radishes, kale, kohlrabi and spinach are all good candidates for sowing in early spring. And if a late cold snap finishes them off, what have I lost? There are a lot of lettuce seeds in a packet, after all!

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