Almost all my seedlings were decimated by cute but gardening-illiterate kitty. So, I direct seeded a few tiny patches of spinach, radishes, and rocket in the few not-pouring-rain days we've had here. One of the radish varieties is an heirloom called "Watermelon". It's white on the outside and watermelon red on the inside. A confused radish, to be sure. This variety may be one I will save seeds from. I haven't tried it before. But it's doing well so far.
Actually, everything I direct seeded is doing well so far. This is a bit of a surprise for me, but a very happy one. I'm sure the neighbors think I'm more than a little odd when they see me standing in the rain gazing lovingly at the sprouts in the garden.
It's just that I'm completely awed by how strong, compact, and GREEN these seedlings are in the garden. No matter how much light I give them in the house they are never quite so robust inside. I suppose they have to be strong to survive outside. I sincerely wish I had just a little bit more of whatever gives them that survivability.