This is my third year using the Topsy Turvy planters, so I think I have enough experience with them to review them accurately. I give them a grade of C-, maybe a D+. The good thing about these planters is that they can be real space savers and insect problems (slugs in particular) are greatly reduced when the plants are up off the ground. On the other hand, some crops work better than others (I’ve found peppers are most successful even though these are marketed as tomato planters) and they don’t seem to be terribly durable. If you look in the photo above, you can see that one planter is being held together by duct tape and another has a broken wire support. I’ll keep using them until they fall apart, but I won’t replace them. Instead, I’ll look for other hanging planter ideas. Suggestions certainly welcome!
Also in the greenhouse, the dill and cilantro I started from seed are doing well. I started these in a small wooden planter and will be moving the seedlings to new homes over the next few weeks.
Moving outside, I was really pleased yesterday to see that my outdoor peach tree (as opposed to the mini dwarf peach in the greenhouse) has a lot of baby peaches this year! It looks like it actually pollinated successfully. I planted this tree six years ago and have had pretty much nothing off the tree, which is why I bought the mini dwarf trees to grow in the warmth of the greenhouse. The greater Seattle area is not ideal for growing peaches. In spite of the fact that I bought the one variety that is supposed to do OK here, the Frost peach, I have not had good results and have actually been thinking about taking the tree out. Just in the nick of time the tree decides to actually do something! Now, there are still a lot of steps in the fruit maturation process and I might not get any peaches in the end, but it is great to see that I have a chance of getting some peaches from the over six or seven dozen baby peaches on the tree right now.
Oh, the asparagus bed, my gardening heart breaker. Now, I do I realize that an asparagus bed is a long-term proposition and that it takes a number of years to become established. My asparagus bed remains pathetic, two years into the process. Some of the asparagus crowns clearly died, because the overall number of spears is low. And, I think moles are creating problems in this bed. Some of the asparagus shoots have come up but then end up looking desiccated, as though they are being sucked dry. I wonder if moles are chomping them from underground. Looks like I’ll need to dig the whole thing out and do the hardware treatment for this bed as well. Oh, why didn’t I think to use hardware cloth when I built these beds a few years ago?!?