Success! Somewhat. First of all, let me say how satisfying to see tiny seedlings full of life emerging from the expensive soil housed in the very expensive planter. This is the first time I've ever grown from seed and I'm impressed with how easy it's turning out to be. I felt really nervous just scattering seeds over some dirt and massaging them in. Compared to transplanting seedlings it felt lazy. That's not to say it doesn't require technique, however. I'm still not exactly sure how to properly sow deeper than an eighth of an inch — I've just been sprinkling dirt over it to the recommended depth and crossing my fingers.
The plants in the grow pot are not faring well. Temperatures were holding between 65 and 80 all week long, then they started dropping, with lows below 35. That means that we're still not officially past last frost, which is projected to be April 4. Unfortunately, the soil in the grow pots is totally frozen — I can't even get a finger into the dirt to check the moisture level. As I understand, cucumber can tolerate a mild freeze and kale is winter hardy so I'm sure they're fine. I'm less certain about the parsley and dill, however. I guess if the seeds are no longer viable, the timing wasn't right to begin with and they probably wouldn't have germinated anyway. Thankfully, the greenhouse cover on the planter is doing its job. The soil there is cool but not frozen and holding moisture very well. Inside the planter, let's look at what's coming up: