I know you expect the hostess of Harvest Monday to actually show you something. But I've got nothing. I didn't make anything special from my garden saved produce. I used spices and a bit of pickled peppers on my hamburger. Do I get points for it being grass fed from the farmers market last fall? But I didn't make any soup. Just the typical coleslaw and squash casserole. I didn't even eat any of my applesauce. All in all it was just the same old, same old.
I did have excitement though. I finally gave in and planted some onions. I was waiting for my Varsity seed from Fedco, but it still hasn't materialized. The planting target date was Feb 6th. I planted February 12th.
I multiplanted my soil blocks. Each have four seed and will be thinned out to the best two. Last year I found the doubles grew well if planted on 6" centers but the triples planted on 8.5" centers did not. I planted 18 blocks of Redwing and 36 blocks of Ringmaster. If Varsity comes soon, I'll get rid of half the Ringmaster and plant 36 new blocks (for a total of 72). If it comes late I'll probably plant up just 18 blocks and let Ringmaster be my major onion. 72 is a great number for me since a flat fits 72 perfectly (1 1/2" blocks).
I'm still trying to find the best container to keep the blocks in. I don't like the wood ones that a lot of people make. Flats are nice since they are a good size to go under the lights and large. I have three layers to my flats. The first is the solid bottom flat. The second is a wide plastic mesh which is strong enough to hold the plants without the first. The third is screening (from some old window screens) cut to fit so the soil won't fall out and the bottom is flat. I think this will work. I can put water in the bottom one and then lift up the middle one when the blocks are finished with getting watered. I'm hoping it works at least. Last year I just put them in the solid flat and didn't like it much.
If you are doing better with your harvests than I am, put your name and URL into Mr. Linky below.