In late April we went on vacation. When we returned the pots in the cellar garden experiment were bone dry despite being flooded when we left. Although the tomato plants were ok, the peas were dead. I pulled them all out on May 12th. This means the tomatoes will have more light now. The experiment is nearing the end anyway. Given the production level, I think I have gone far enough.
We had a friend taking care of the chickens, but I didn’t care enough about these plants, especially this late in the experiment, to impose on her to also take on watching over the cellar garden.