The other vegetable that got planted on March 4th was Eggplant. Three different pkts of eggplant! These are also very slow to germinate, so I decided that they get seeded next. Fairy Tale egpplant(6 seeds) is new this year with 55 days to harvest (the earliest of all eggplants). I couldn't find them anywhere in local stores(I called all the garden centres around) and finally bought them online. The other variety is Long Purple eggplant(6 seeds) which was from last year's leftovers. The third pkt is a mixed variety called Burpee's Garden blend and has 4 varieties - Applegreen, Rosa Bianca, Millionaire Hybrid and Snowy Hybrid in equal proportion. 6 of them got planted( I wonder which ones got planted- will have to wait and see!). No germination yet.
Bitter Gourd and Eggplant seeds in trays.
I keep my seed starting trays by the south facing windows. No lights or any other accessories. Last year, I was successful with this method, but then last year, in March the temps were 40-50s. This year, it has yet to reach 40s and sunshine is quite rare too. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!