Topsy-Turvy tomato planters were the fad some years back, and you can still find them on the shelves of Rite-Aid and other retailers.

I have used them on and off over the years and will take a moment to give you a few pointers if you choose to use them.

They are very convenient. Just start a tomato in a planter. When the tomato plant is several inches tall, transplant it to the Topsy-Turvy planter. Add potting soil, hang and water. Easy peasy.

They produce very well and grow just as fast and robust as similar tomatoes in large pots.

This is a branch from Kim Hedahl's tree in Silverdale, Washington. It is a cutting, basically a branch with some root on it. I put it in the ground a couple of years ago and have been patiently watering and fertilizing it. This season starts it's third year on this location and I walked out today to see little figs on it! I have two other young fig trees (from a nursery) that were planted at the same time, but they aren't coming along nearly so well and so fast as this Hedahl cutting...

One of my cala lilies has five blooms this year!

My bok choi and brussel sprouts are being eaten, near as I can tell, by wasps! When the damage started, I examined the plants daily, and could never find any bugs, except there is always a few wasps on the plants. I try to stay away from them, as our wasp colony can be aggressive at times. But the other day I was watching them, and they are eating the plants! I watched the little bugger eat a hole in the leaf! I had no idea wasps did this, and these are the only plants they bother. My neighbor suggested covering the planter w netting, which I will be doing.

Yes, it's that time again... The zucchini harvest has started. I got these today but like Tribbles, there will be more tomorrow and exponentially more the next day... In times like these I am often forced to look for open car windows to shove them into at the local Fred Meyer store ... So lock up the car and will up the windows... :(

The garden is doing so well!!! Already harvesting more than we can eat... And this is only the Cube Garden... the Crop Circle garden is producing squash like there's no tomorrow!! I love this time of year!

In this video, Jim shows a swarm that originated from one of his beehives. He shows evidence to explain why the bees swarmed and also shows the capture and re-hiving process. The video concludes with a hive status update 13 days after the original swarm. Nature is fascinating!

Here on our property in Port Orchard, Washington, we have many hydrangea bushes, and they come in all sizes and colors - from pure white to purple to yellow, and so forth. This particular bush has some a clear and compelling shade of blue that I just had to share! It's so gorgeous!

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