Gardening is very much about connecting with the present.  What better way to experience May than by snapping off a fresh asparagus spear in the garden or August by standing in the tomato bed and smelling that super-tomato scent that the plants give off?  In January and February though gardening is very much about the future.  Seeds started now will (hopefully) turn into the crops of the summer and autumn.

Last year the first seeds that I started were tomato seeds around St. Patrick’s Day.  This year we were lucky enough to be given a parsley-in-a-bag kit by a good friend.  The instructions are simple enough: Open the bag, moisten the included soil, spread the seeds on top of soil, cover with a plastic bag, and leave in a warm place out of direct sun for 7 – 14 days.

I followed the instructions and got the parsley started around January 28. 

The first sprouts have broken their seed coats

Feb. 9: The first sprouts have broken their seed coats

By February 9 these little guys were poking out of their seed coats and sending up shoots with seed leaves.  The plastic bag was removed and the kit was moved to a sunny south-facing windowsill.

The sprouts with their seed leaves are competing for light

Feb 14: The sprouts with their seed leaves are competing for light

Things really took off from there and within five days the shoots have really started competing for that precious mid-February sunlight.  I hope that we’ll be able to start harvesting some lovely flat-leaf parsley by the end of March.

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