Downstairs in grow-light land, I have some perky eggplant seedlings started - two kinds. Both varieties were planted March 16th, but Korean Red came up almost immediately, while Diamond took its time. The Diamond seeds are a couple years old, so I'm happy to get any germination at all. Truth be told, I don't have room in the garden for either of them, but I'll figure something out. I usually have some leeks started by now, but the leek seeds I thought I had ordered were apparently a figment of my imagination, so I had to wait until I could get down the street to The Seed Company by E.W. Gaze and pick up some more. So they'll be a little bit behind, but I think I can coax them along.
To counter the miserable grocery store offerings this time of year, I've been growing some tasty microgreens - pea shoots and some brassica babies (mustard seed and some Asian greens). They're so easy to grow - my friend Paula has great instructions on her blog, so I won't reinvent the wheel. She and I bought our peas at the same time through our bulk-buying club, but you can buy them at natural foods stores, or in the import section of grocery stores, where they're called "whole dried peas" or "marrowfat peas" and usually come in boxes, kind of like a Cracker Jack box. My mustard seed came from a seed shop years ago, and the Asian greens seed came from the Rabbittown Community Garden - they're also years old.
Fresh greens are helping ease the pain of negative wind chill and slow melt, but I'm really looking forward to seeing the garden again - or at least to getting the rest of my indoor-start seeds planted in a couple weeks. I've amassed entirely too many kinds of tomatoes again, because I never learn.