This has been a rather tricky season for Portland-based container gardeners. The overnight lows throughout June were just too cold to leave a poor defenseless seedling at their mercy. Nonetheless, I'm happy to say that I have overcome that hurdle and have enjoyed the first two tomatoes of the season. Better late than never.
The tomatoes came from a regular, right-side-up planter, but I wanted to share my upside-down planter as well. I followed instructions I found on Instructables, which worked out pretty well. I made a mistake with one of the planters which resulted in crushing the base of one of the tomato plants with the bottom wire of the planter, but that will be easy to avoid next summer with a differently-placed slit in the coco liner.
All in all, despite the small harvest, I'm really pleased with my little garden this year. I grew all of these plants (a total of three) from seed, and they have survived and thrived, even through a difficult season. And, of course, I learned quite a bit, and the hue of my thumb is now significantly more green.