This year I've learned that it is easier to start vegetables inside on the windowsill than to direct seed into the garden. This may be because of the very warm weather that we've been having and the timing of everything is off. But the spinach, broccoli and Swiss chard that I sowed directly into the garden hasn't come up yet. I'm not counting it out just yet, but it's been a month and -- nada. On the other hand, the lettuce, mesclun, turnips, peas and kale are up. The tomato plants in the hoophouse look very green and happy and unless we get an Alberta Clipper, I think that they are home free. My windowsill starts are doing well. All the flowers up are (marigold, coleus, zinnias) as are the tomatoes for friends and family, herbs (parsley, marjoran, chives, basil and rosemary). I'm waiting for the peppers to pop any day now.
It's weird though. I was looking at old pictures of last year's garden at this time and notice that I was picking a ton of greens (I'm starting to cut lettuce, but not the bushels like last year) from the garden because so much had wintered over. Not so this year. My timing was totally off for a fall crop of anything. So I marked my garden chart and hopefully will get the timing right for this year's fall crop. Live and learn!