The green bean plants are growing like crazy. I thought I had a trellis on the way for them from Taobao, but it turns out I ordered the wrong type of thing. So I ordered the correct thing, and it will arrive tomorrow. The plants just have to hold out for one more day, and the poor guys can have more support as they grow.
The basil germinated but never sprouted out of the soil. The seeds did expire in 2013 though, so I think that's probably the reason.
The strawberry seeds and Malabar spinach still haven't germinated...after doing more research online, I found that they are more finicky about germination than beans, so I'm retrying those with other methods than putting the seeds in a damp paper towel in the closet. Hopefully we'll see some progress there soon.
The kale and broccoli are doing okay, but they're still pretty small. I'm going to move them to bigger containers tomorrow and see if that encourages more growth.
Also, something weird my broccoli plant and soybean plants have been doing is turning their leaves to point almost straight up at night. Does anyone know why they're doing this? Matt thinks (and I hope) that it doesn't mean something's wrong...maybe they're just trying to conserve energy and "sleep" at night. During the day when the sun is directly on them, they open up nicely. They still seem well-hydrated and bright green, but I've just never heard of plants turning their leaves up at night before. Is that normal?