The time has arrived for the containers of wet vermiculite and itty bitty sprouting things to start taking up my windowsills, countertops, and kitchen table. Up this week? Broccoli, cabbage, and parsley. (just the broccoli is in the picture, the others are some cuttings I'm trying to eke into the land of the living).
Broccoli and cabbage can be started this early because they are very cold-tolerant. Last year I put them in the garden in April, and my broccoli survived at least two snowstorms (although I think I had them under little plastic hats). Then in June, my neighbour and I were discussing how surprisingly delicious home-grown broccoli could be, while our children begged for more.