At first I thought the flat was a wasted experiment. They grew very tall. A flat of very leggy plants made it precarious to water due to them falling down. Later it was decide they would do well to be completely dug up, spaced, and planted deeper up to their first leaves. They recovered remarkably well. Turns out now there are a hundred useable aka transplantable plants growing happily.
Since then I have been inspired to add another grouping of Tomatoes, Eggplants, Peppers, Brassicas, and even Corn. Yep. Corn. Btw it is doing fantastic. One of the better growing plants actually. Suspicion tells me that here soon they will end up being planted in 5 gallon buckets and around 2-3 Feet in height by the time I can transplant them. How exciting! So far, however, they are about 4 inches tall.
My birthday passed on the 13th of this month. Turned out fairly mellow but quite decent. Ended up receiving a $40 dollar gift card to our regular big blue box store with the caveat of finding something for the garden. Suspect it should work out nicely. First impression is that it will be applied to hoop tunnels over a couple beds to get things started. This is the first year of the massive garden. Nothing has been over wintered. Aside from a few Alliums which were transplanted several weeks ago into frozen earth (well the top 3-4 inches were workable due to the rain - but it has since frozen and they live under cloches) the land is barren.
Surprising about the alliums. They are a bulb plant though which are generally rugged. The eighteen garlic plants left in the flat are getting out of control. Rather, they were out of control until being trimmed back. *whew wee* The entire lower level of the house is an italian restaurant. Sniping off garlic chives is intense. So much in fact that it gave me a headache from the intense aroma. The leaves have a bold flavor. Brings me to ponder that throughout the year nothing really needs to be harvested. Just cook with the occasionally clipped leaves. Sustainability.
Enough Yaking. Here is another video :