I had an epiphany the other day as I was tossing out the germination test of the yellow mustard. I could find brown mustard seed in a store. Not in an American store. But I'm close to a lot of ethnic stores - one of the joys of living in an urban environment. An Indian grocery was just a half mile from the house. I get my ghee and some spices there. Surely they would have brown mustard as brown mustard is also called Indian mustard.
And indeed they did. I've started the germination test. The yellow mustard passed with flying colors (80-90%). My "seed packet" cost $1.99. For that price I got 200g of seed, which is almost half a pound. That $1.99 isn't going on my costs list however. It will give me a chance to play with making some mustard this spring. I only need a small, small bit of those seeds to grow some plants.
And speaking of plants, the onions are all up and thriving. Out of two and a half flats I have one empty block and one block with a plant that isn't thriving. I planted three seeds in each of the blocks and thinned them out. I tried to pick the sturdiest of the seedlings, though at this stage it is a little hard to tell. I can tell the ones that are struggling though and out they went. I figure in a week or two they will get their first hair cut.