|Plants on the left are Andrographis paniculata, an Indian herb and flowering plant. http://www.thymegarden.com/site/561124/product/S1009|
In the center is an alternative to Cilantro, with the same flavor but a more substantial plant which will get bigger leaves and not be bent on going to seed as quickly as possible like most Cilantro plants I have grown. It is Eryngium foetidum. Most Eryngium's are spiny, this one included, so I expect it to be quite substantial. The flavor of the leaves is supposed to be more intense and stand up better to cooking.
On the right is the Butterfly pea, which should have a blue flower that is used to color rice blue in
It will be interesting to try these out a little later.
Starting plants in the fall or winter gives them a size advantage next spring and makes their bloom season start earlier. Plants that I just sowed December 2 which have not yet sprouted are 6 varieties of Alpine Strawberries, Fragaria vesca, from The Strawberry Store. I grew 2 varieties last year, Alexandria and Delicious, from local seed packets, and found that they started blooming and fruiting quite early, and were still blooming and fruiting at the end of the growing season, though the small but tasty berries trickle in slowly, but continuously.
The Strawberry Store
The shelves really come into their own in January to May, though, when I start tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, basil, and other herbs, as well as some annuals and perennials that I want to start early. I find them an indispensable gardening aid, and very inexpensive to set up. They can be put in any available space and make little oases of green.