I get that. And if I'd known you were going to take the time, which I appreciate, to check the records I'd have been much more careful in my dates. While it is true that I finished my planting around may 20, I planted the bulk of my seeds- the ones that did the worst, durring the first week of may. My planting schedule is very strange because I usually till a row and plant it rather than tilling the entire 1/2 acre and planting all at once. So my planting was spread over many days. But again, most were the first week of may. Sorry for the confusion....I should have been more precise and saved you the trouble of check on the wrong dates. The cold spell I spoke of had ended by the dates you checked. Still, even if you go back and check the first week of may, I'm doubtful it was in the lo 50's too many nights if any. BTW, for future reference Nashville is usually about 4 degrees warmer than me. Bowling Green, KY is closer and usually the same temp as me.
Either way, I think we both are in full agreement that warmer soil is MUCH better for germination, and whether the slightly cooler temps that did exist at the time I planted were the cause of my low germination or if it was the rain, or bad seeds, my chickens eating them when the first popped up, or whatever. Doesn't much matter....just had some bad luck this year for some reason. But as I said, I've replanted and am on track now, albeit a belated one! Thanks again for taking the time to check and try to offer an explanation. Its just one of natures mysteries I guess.