As the rain continues outside, the plants continue to fill the greenhouse. It becomes a bit of a triage... what needs the heated tables ~ primarily for germinating seeds, what needs to be at least above 50 F- ~basil, peppers, eggplant, and tomatoes, and those plants that can brave the outdoors ie onions, lettuce, other greens. Certain plants get to make it out of their confining trays: lettuce that can sneak into greenhouse space, parsley into the herb beds, and spinach, bok choi, and chard all made it out into the one prepped field. By transplanting by hand, we don't have to wait for a stretch of dry weather.
The catch is the driest field is due to the high rock to soil ratio (my guess is a good 2 to 1), which results in the less than pleasant sensation of trying to plant into a rock. Other plants aren't so lucky, sure a few tomatoes and cucumbers escape to the greenhouses, replacing those that failed to survive those 23 degree nights a few weeks back, but most just have to wait. They are not the most patient subjects. There is an unfortunate combination of quick growth inside the greenhouse and rain keeping us out of the fields.
For example, the 1st planting of tomatoes, perhaps left on heated tables too long, have already been transplanted into 4" pots with added nutrients. The jungle of green tomatoes when you walk by is a reminder that it was only a temporary appeasement of the monsters we've seeded too early and the extra nutrients just let them keep growing. Celeriac on the other hand is a patient plant, dantily increasing in size, content to remain in their small trays. But zucchini... I know the danger of not picking them everyday, but to watch the seedlings grow overnight is a reminder of their speed. And every week there is more to seed. Some such as sweet corn will be pushed back a week, but others will add to the many shaded green jungle that might just decide to set permanent roots soon if not set out soon.
Each day the weather forecast throws us a glimmer of hope. Sunny days seem only 1 or 2 days away. Yet the sunny forecast for Tuesday magically transforms into rain. Spoiled by last years relatively dry spring it seems outrageous to me, but Dave suggest this is more like the norm and not to despair. Meanwhile another high tunnel is only a few dry days from completion and with it those jungle tomatoes will finally get room to grow not only up but out. We will just keep our fingers crossed for a string of dry days. In the meantime, we'll be enjoying the spread of the rain-fueled vibrant green across fields, forests, and greenhouses.