2013 - greens and beets - transplanted March 10, into the garden April 9. Eggplant and peppers - transplanted starting March 25. Tomatoes - transplanted starting March 29.
2012 - greens and beets transplanted starting march 9. Eggplant and peppers - transplanted starting March 15; Tomatoes - started transplanting March 19
2011 - started transplanting tomatoes at the end of March
I could list lots more dates, but this provides both a comforting and a worrying picture. I've not transplanted a single seedling yet because it has simply been too cold, and too wet. It is too cold to let the seedlings sun themselves, and the garage has been too cold to advance the seedlings very much. I am already a few weeks behind on beets and greens, which concerns me because it will mean a shorter lettuce season; once the inevitable furnace-like late spring days hit, lettuce bolts and goes vertical (and bitter).
Looking ahead at the weather forecasts, it seems like alternating periods of delightful warmth and depressing, lingering cool and wet before things settle out to favorable conditions for young seedlings. I figure that if I can start transplanting tomatoes and peppers within the next few weeks, they will be ready to leave home by mid to late April as long as the weather cooperates.
And so..stay tuned for future progress reports. I won't know for sure which varieties will be available as seedlings until I start to work with the plants, so the draft life on the From The Vine page is just that - draft....
Stay warm and dry, all! Spring and nice weather is, after all, inevitable. For whatever reason, it just seems to be requiring a bit more patience this year.