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!