By last year's calendar, this is when I started my cole crop seedlings to transplant in mid February. I went to my local big box and other stores that usually carry seeds, and contrary to what other people around the country have said, our local stores haven't started stocking any seeds or seed starting supplies yet. It's a good thing I still had some seeds and seed starting medium left over from last year.
Today I started my broccoli (Green Goliath). This has done wonderfully for me in the past and I'm glad to grow it again. I must be a glutton for punishment because I split a flat with cauliflower and cabbage. I've never gotten cauliflower to grow - this will be my third attempt, and my adventure with cabbage was well documented earlier this fall. I figured one more go and then I concede defeat.
I mixed together some potting soil and seed starting medium and filled two 9 hole cell packs that I saved from last year. I put two seeds per cell being that they were last year's seeds and I was banking that they'd sprout. I did forget to wet the soil down BEFORE I put the seeds in their places, so I'm hopeful things will still go well.
Next, I covered the flats with a plastic bag and put them on the kitchen counter until they germinate. Once they germinate, I'll throw them in the basement under the light set up. It's pretty darn cold out there, but the light does give off some heat.
In a few weeks, I'll start my lettuce mixes in cell packs. I'll run short of space under the lights, but hopefully by that time, the broccoli will be able to spend some time outside in the sun during the day and the lettuce can be pampered under the lights.
The morning comes early. Sweet gardening dreams.