The parsley plants I seeded indoors a couple of weeks ago are getting their second set of leaves now. As if on queue for St. Patrick's Day, they look like miniature shamrocks.
Last year, I didn't have good fortune with my parsley growing endeavors. I sowed seeds directly into the garden -- on about five different occasions in various areas of the plot -- but nothing sprouted until about October. And then the tiny plants went into their dormancy for the winter.
In other years, parsley was very easy to grow from seed, so I'm not sure what made the difference from one year to the next. Perhaps I planted it when the summer temperatures were too hot? Or the soil too dry? In any case, my new parsley "shamrocks" are perfectly content under the grow lights for now. This could be a sign of good luck for the season to come.