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This winter we must have broken the record for cloudy days. Usually I love winter with blue sky cool crisp days and starry nights. Since the new year I doubt we have had more that 2 fully sunny days in a row.

I looked out this morning and the the unhappy chickens were standing in the rain looking miserable! Even the pigs don't like it when it is this cold and wet!  Also, our children especially dislike sliding around in the rain and mud to feed them!

My hands are itching to get back in the soil digging and planting , but even our well drained soil is too wet to plow and plant. Fortunately ,I got my hands in the soil yesterday seeding  500 pepper and egg plants. They are now under grow lights along with the lettuce, spinach, kale and collards I did earlier this month. I usually direct seed alot of my greens but with the ground being saturated I decided to start them inside . I still have alot of tomatoes and herbs to start in the next week or so.

There is one thing on our farm that loves the wet conditions , our shiitake logs.  We started our first mushrooms in 2005 but for the last few years haven't added new ones .So most of our logs are old and falling apart. The other day I found mushrooms on several old logs we thought were no longer productive... Not enough to sell at the market but for us to enjoy. That was just enough encouragement to finish inoculating the last of the mushroom logs for this year. Yesterday we finished... or I should say our children finished. They have worked along beside us on this project but yesterday we let them do the inoculating and waxing themselves!   I am so proud of our kids !