All of a sudden April is half over and the bees and butterflies are waking up; Life is restarting. Yes, I realize we are on Prince Edward Island; dates and months mean next to nothing in regards to winter being actually over, but I'm hopeful none the less.
There is a buzz in the air that wasn't around last season, something is coming. Good or bad? who knows, but something is in the air. Maybe it's just the bubble possibly being re-opened and it's got some electricity back into the island ; or maybe it's just my nerves. The anticipation is the hardest thing to deal with during the beginning months of the season and I don't feel like I'm alone in this thought. I realize I'm not what is considered your standard farmer ; but even in their giant tractors, monocropping their soil to death, they must feel it, too. As Tom Petty once said, "The waiting is the hardest part". Now I'm pretty certain Mr. Petty was not referring to germination times, or crop rotation schedules when he said this, but that doesn't make it any less true.
The larger, long season crops are well on their way at this point. Our first crop of tomatoes has begun their life in the greenhouse. Our peppers have all emerged, and some are well on their way to needing an upgrade in their lodging. Space is at a premium on a small scale operation, and for the first time in our 4 years of growing, we are feeling the pinch. I mean, when was the last time you had 400 tomato plants and 300 pepper seedlings in your living room? Never? Really? Shame.