Unseasonably cold weather???

We had a beautiful April. Warm days, light rain storms, overall deceiving. Yes deceiving.  Zone 4 gardeners know the planting season doesn't officially begin until about the first week of May. The soil is safely the recommended 60 degrees and the chances frost are slim. But this April, this warm beautiful April, made gardening very difficult to resist. 

So I planted, some, just to take the edge off.  I simply couldn't take the nice warm weather and not get my hands dirty. Some of the things I planted are are cold weather resistant, bok choy, carrots, garlic and onions.  I had a few garlic and onion plants, planted last fall but over the winter I decided I would need more so in they went.  I also planted potatos, pole beans, zucchini, basil, rosemary, parsley (flat leaf), oregano, mint, green ice lettuce, cabbage, spinach, swiss chard, mesclun, grand rapids lettuce, pumpkins, summer squash, watermelon, muskmelon, and cucumber, all from seed. Yes, that is just some of what I COULD have planted.

Things were going smooth, plants started to sprout, I was certain we were in the clear. But Mother Nature had other plans.  Here I am, the first week of May, having to turn the furnace on.  Yes, it was a wapping 50 degrees in my house this morning. My neighbors to the north are getting snow.  Seriously...snow. This was supposed to be my planting weekend!  Is this unseasonable? I don't know. The weather changes so often I almost believe this is normal, expected in a way.  A friend of mine in zone 5 posted on his social networking page, "Thank goodness for global warming, otherwise I think we would be freezing!"

I have yet to visit my garden this morning...i'm procrastinating.  In the back of my mind I fear that the very cold, windy weather may have tested the happy existance of the delicate new sprouts. On the bright side, it is still early so if some of the plants didn't make it, I can always replant.
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