It was an unexpectedly sunny day with temperatures near 60 degrees, an opportunity to get out, lift the covers, and poke around the raised beds. One of the drawbacks of having created a warm, moist environment was the veritable army of slugs we found there. We did battle and scraped a ridiculous number of them off the Red Russian, Lacinato and Siberian kales; otherwise, the kales and the watermelon radishes are holding well.
Arugula, tatsoi, and mesclun mix in the next bed over are also doing fine. Since Thanksgiving, temperatures have averaged 9 degrees above normal for this time of year. The forsythia is confused and, thinking it’s spring, has started to bloom. We cherish the chance to putter about in the garden, but find it disconcerting all the same.