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January lettuce seedlings

January lettuce

Except for that one cold spell a couple of weeks ago, this winter has been unbelievably mild. I've taken the change of speed as a personal favor from the weather gods and am enjoying every moment of the sunny days.

Early spring flowersApparently, the plants and animals feel the same. I heard a chorus of wood frogs calling in a sunny spot down the road last week (although they quieted back down a day later) and the honeybees have been out flying every warm afternoon. Sunday I figured out why --- the speedwell and chickweed are in full bloom!

Meanwhile, in the cold frame, lettuce seedlings are up and growing. If the warm weather holds, maybe we'll have a Valentine's Day salad?

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According to NOAA's climate prediction center, February should have "normal" (whatever the heck that means) temperatures and rainfall. The outlook for February/March/April has above average temperatures and slightly below average rainfall. ::shrugs:: In December they predicted above average temperatures for January but below average rainfall. While I think they were correct on temperatures, they certainly were wrong about rainfall.
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