Yesterday I passed a significant milestone in the gardening year - my first chilli seed germinated:
This is one of those Bird's Eye chillis I wrote about the other day. I sowed six seeds, so hopefully this will not be the only one to germinate, but even if it is I shall count this as a success, given the dubious origin of the seeds.
The Basil seedlings are also doing well under the lights - growing very rapidly:
My plan is to use these (I have two similar pots on the go) as microgreens, and I think they are just about big enough for this. Tonight I'm making a salad that would probably benefit from their inclusion, so I'll let you know the result in due course.
The distinctively D-shaped cotyledons (seed-leaves) of Basil remind me of the half-moon-shaped tool that you use for edging a lawn!
Alongside the Basil I have two pots of Parsley:
These ones are destined to be transplanted outside (possibly in bigger pots if the weather doesn't buck up) in due course.
In this next photo you can see how the plants have thrust up through the compost even before breaking fully clear of the seed-casings. One of them has brought a lump of compost up with it too:
Last weekend at the Potato Day I bought a pack of seeds for Leaf Celery, which I am very keen to sow, but we are going away for a few days soon, and I don't want to sow then until we get back because they will need some TLC in their early days and can't be left to their own devices. They will just have to wait. Amusingly, the seed pack advises you to keep the seeds in the fridge until you are ready to sow them - mimicking Winter, (vernalisation) I suppose.