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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.

Vegetables Return To Canna Land

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009


Poolside bed with leaf lettuce, dill and cilantro
Poolside bed with leaf lettuce, dill and cilantro

The poolside bed has been planted with canna rhizomes. They are starting to sprout! Before planting I dug out the soil and installed a plastic liner next to the block wall. This is meant to keep my water in my canna bed. I interplanted with leaf lettuce, dill ‘Bouquet’ and cilantro ‘Santos’. This is an experiment to see if the salad will have time to grow before the cannas shade it out. Stay tuned.


Martino's Roma - heirloom tomato
Martino’s Roma – heirloom tomato

Tomatoes have returned to Canna Land as well. The two varieties pictured here are planted in the pathway garden bed. The day after I set them out we had horrific wind, but they seem to have overcome.

Marvel Stripe - heirloom tomato
Marvel Stripe – heirloom tomato

I collected the seeds for Marvel Stripe from a grocery store tomato. I couldn’t believe it when they all came up!


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