Good Morning, MTs. How are you today? A few stories that caught my eye:
It was the Tonys on Sunday night! I missed it all, of course, but thanks to Our Katie, who faithfully quipped her way through the broadcast, I didn’t feel too out of it. My congratulations to “Memphis”, “Red” and to winners including Denzel Washington and Catherine Zeta Jones, who won for her role in “A Little Night Music”. I entertain fantasies of seeing Night Music when we’re in NYC; I wonder if I can convince DH to go to a show on a date… Anyway, this LA Times article captures the highlights, although I leave it to you all to fill in the minutae, please!
I spent part of this morning out in my garden doing my winter planting – broccoli and swiss chard seedlings went into the ground, as did broad bean and pea seeds, plus a general tidy and trim of the branches. But summer is never far from my mind, particularly summer’s gardening bounty, all summed up in the perfectly ripe tomato. As such, I read this article a few weeks ago with great interest. I’d never heard of growing plants upside down before, but I’m going to give it a try with at least a few tomato and cucumber plants.
Upside-down gardening, primarily of leggy crops like tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers, is more common partly because of the ubiquity of Topsy Turvy planters, which are breathlessly advertised on television and have prominent placement at retailers like Wal-Mart, Walgreens and Bed Bath & Beyond. According to the company that licenses the product, Allstar Products Group in Hawthorne, N.Y., sales this year are twice last year’s, with 20 million sold since the planter’s invention in 2005. Not to be outdone, Gardener’s Supply and Plow & Hearth recently began selling rival upside-down planters. “Upside-down gardening is definitely a phenomenon,“ said Steve Wagner, senior product manager for Plow & Hearth.
The advantages of upside-down gardening are many: it saves space; there is no need for stakes or cages; it foils pests and fungus; there are fewer, if any, weeds; there is efficient delivery of water and nutrients thanks to gravity; and it allows for greater air circulation and sunlight exposure.
Sounds interesting to me. Has anyone tried this? How are your gardens growing?
And Finally: Ozzy Osbourne may contribute a lasting legacy beyond heavy metal, a music festival and a reality show performance that forever shattered the Father Knows Best image. The recovering drug and alcohol addict’s genome is being studied to see how it is that he’s consumed enough substances to kill several horses yet still survived, according to this article. No word yet on whether it’s the bat blood, the genes or his wife, Sharon, that really holds the key to his longevity.
So what’s up with you? As always, it’s an open thread, so have at it!