Last year we had a pretty prolific garden given that we couldn't tend to it very well. Most of (ok, all of) the plants came from starts. This year I decided to take it up a level and start from seed.
I was all antsy about starting it so didn't go to Sloat/etc... just happened to be by a hardware store in West Portal and picked up what they had - Cilantro, Arugula, and Lettuce. I knew for a fact arugula grows like a weed, our arugula in Sonoma went ballistic in the mild winter we were having and went to seed while we were out of town. I cut them back but I think they are gone. But this made it clear to me I could grow the stuff in our backyard in SF.
It's been cold so I decided to germinate them inside. Of course I didn't label the plastic bins (saved from last years starts of course) so I don't know which of the 2 plants are taking off - I am pretty sure the leafy ones are the arugula and the thin ones are the cilantro.
We'll see. While I am going to plant some of these here and can thus monitor them and pick the leaves more, I am very busy due to another project we started from scratch....
Fortunately my wife did most of the work on Liam Alexander Murphy. She did a pretty fine job from my point of view!