From one year to the next, change is the only constant, or so it seems. Rewind to May last year: we were experiencing diluvian downpours, waiting for the rain to stop long enough to be able to transplant our first seedlings to the fields. This year’s weather is only marginally better – showers instead of downpours mean it’s still difficult to work the fields without compacting the soil…but the good news is that we’ve been able to get a head start with our brassicas (broccoli, cabbages, turnips), our beets, leafy greens (spinach and lettuce) and onions. The strawberry plants are strong and flowering, and the garlic is looking good. We can’t (and won’t) complain. Greenhouse plantings continue apace: tomatoes, cucumbers, melons and watermelons, okra, et cetera. These will all be transferred to the fields in late May, once all risk of frost is past.