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Homemade Upside Down Tomato

Saturday, June 13th, 2009


This awesome project was practically free!
This awesome project was practically free!

Needed for this project:

  • Plastic reusable shopping bag. I got mine free from the local Vons store.
  • Plastic lid – from the recycle bin.
  • Tomato plant – I used an un-deployed Juliet tomato (grape) that I grew from seed.
  • Potting soil. Used SuperSoil – not free, but on hand.

Directions: Cut an “X” in the bottom of the bag. Cut the lid to make collar (below). Remove tomato plant from pot. Put collar around base of plant at soil level. Carefully feed the leaves of the plant through the “X”. Fill bag with potting soil. Hang by handles and water. Stand back or you’ll get wet!


Place this collar around the base of the plant.
Place this collar around the base of the plant.


Cut an
Cut an “X” in the bottom of the bag and feed the tomato plant through from the inside.


The collar will prevent excess soil loss.
The collar will prevent excess soil loss.

Canna Land Expansion

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

Canna Land Phase I
Canna Land Phase I

This is the beginning of Canna Land. This bed has tall cannas so they can be seen over the above ground pool. Recently I added to the far end because I needed a place to grow some of my seedlings.

Canna Land Phase II
Canna Land Phase II

Last year my son removed a row of messy bushes. It was so dusty and miserable on that side of the house. The goal was to cool it off and make it an inviting destination. Last fall I used this area as a nursery bed for canna starts and irises.

This spring, vegetables were added. The tomato jungle you see behind the cannas is two Yellow Pear Tomato plants. I never saw any tomato grow like the Yellow Pear. It seems to be very disease resistant and able to outgrow tomato worms with minimal human help. It’s a tomato superhero!

Canna Land Claims New Territory

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Make way for the pathway garden!
Make way for the pathway garden!

Unsightly overgrown bushes have been removed from the narrow, east-facing side of the house. My son heroically removed these obstacles to progress. I am planning a pathway garden that will include cannas and other lovely things.


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