GREETINGS FROM THE GARDEN STATE
I know people associate New Jersey with Turnpike exits, oil refineries and a nasal accent, but we are more, much more. We have diners and we have the shore…Ok, so not MUCH more, also we are known as the Garden State.
I’m not sure why we are the Garden State. There are people that say “You cannot beat Jersey corn or Jersey tomatoes.” These people are all from New Jersey. Truth is our tomatoes and corn is no better than anyone’s tomatoes and corn, but during two weeks of the summer, Jersey tomatoes and corn is fresher than anyone else’s…assuming you live in New Jersey.
Still, we are the Garden State, and I feel compelled to live up to that Garden State tradition. I love tomatoes, but Mrs. Cranky does not. I use maybe two or three tomatoes a week to make my tuna or chicken salad. Tomatoes do not last that long off the vine so I make several trips a week to the store just for tomatoes. Mrs. C suggested I grow my own this summer.
I have never had any luck growing tomatoes in the past, and tomatoes are probably the easiest vegetable there is to grow. (I know, it’s a fruit…frig, if conversate is now a word, a tomato is a vegetable!) Mrs. C bought me a “Topsy Turvy,” a system for growing tomatoes upside down. Easy to water, easy to pick, grow anywhere and away from predators.
We will see.
So far, it cost me $2 for one scrawny plant (I named him Ralph), three fights with Mrs. C over how to place, feed and water the plant into the Topsy Turvy container, and a battle to find a suitable place to hang the plant.
We have no overhang to attach the Topsy Turvy. I found an old iron plant hanger that sticks in the ground to hang Ralph. This worked great until I started to fill the Topsy Turvy with dirt. It holds a lot of dirt and starts to get heavy. When I added water it got really heavy and with a strong breeze the iron plant hanger started to bend.
I found another iron plant hanger and angled it into Ralph’s hanger to prop it against the weight and the wind. I then had to apply duck tape to keep the two from sliding.
Currently all seems to be holding. Hopefully Ralph will flourish without hitting the ground…I may have to find a way to raise him higher.