Great news: many of the seeds I planted have germinated. The only fizzle was the Valencia onions. Only one seed germinate. It's a start. Perhaps I'll plant more this weekend.
I started three different pepper plants a couple of weeks ago (February 23): Italian Sweet, Bull Nose Bell, and Shishito Sweet. All germinated within 10 days and are doing great. I've also fertilized my Walla Walla onion seedlings and they are strong and healthy. I'll fertilize the newest seedlings next weekend. I don't want to shock them.
On the Kiwi front, the first trial was a failure. I didn't keep the seeds wet enough during the second stage--letting them germinate between wet paper towels. (The first stage was soaking them in a bowl of water for a week.) So on my second attempt, I put a seed-covered wet paper towel in a plastic sandwich bag and then placed that on a plant heating pad. Within two days, I had germination and by day three, I had eight ready to go. For a close up of one of the germinated seed, check out the gallery below and look for the tiny seed on my finger. You'll see an even tinier white baby peaking out. Super Cool!
I planted parsley last night and I'll be planting broccoli this weekend, and maybe eggplant.
Enjoy the pictures, learn from my mistakes and HAPPY PRE-GARDENING!