According the The Old Farmer’s Almanac, Saturday February 27th is the day when those who are champing at the bit can plant seeds (indoors, with heat and lights) for broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, peppers, and tomatoes.

I hate to disagree with the Almanac on this, but I think it’s too early for any of those, particularly the peppers and tomatoes. Personally, I intend to wait at least a week until March 6, which happens to be my birthday. If this weather keeps up, I might push it back another week and celebrate my birthday another way.

Like everyone else, I would love to get stuff going. This is admittedly tinged with a shadow of apprehension at entering a time of year that is bizarrely busy and fraught with horrific risks. But I don’t want to be transplanting thousands of tomato seedlings from 72-cell trays to 4-inch pots and then to 5-inch pots. BTDT.

The other thing I need to get is a tonneau cover for the bed of my truck, so I can transport trays of seedlings from my home hoophouse to the farm. Little seedlings in truck beds get wind-whipped, and they hate it.