Bryce came over and brought his Gator.He was picking up branches and sticks before I could get out the door. He had his Gator almost full. I really enjoy working in the garden with this boy. He is 14 yrs old and is so responsible and easy to talk to. As he picked them up we talked about a lot of things. I gave him a couple of hints on how to work with the tools that he was using and why he should wear gloves. He got to use my newest tool to cut the dried stalks from the Sedums. He really liked using this one. I bought it thinking that it might save my back when doing some trimming. I could hardly get it away from him. We worked our way around the house while talking about sports, school, clothes shopping, his sister's first communion, his 90 yr old Grandma, and so many other things. He asked about Joe and his garden. Would he be planting tomatoes this year? Bryce had a garden for the first time last year and Joe gave him helpful advice about growing tomatoes. I told him that Joe probably wouldn't be planting any tomatoes this year. He asked why? I told him that Joe and I are getting older and the planting isn't the hard part...watering and taking care of them when the summer is hot... is difficult. As we talked I began to think about tomatoes. Wouldn't we wish for a ripe tomato out of our own garden this year? How much work are they really? When we were finished and the load was dumped, I sat for a bit and thought it out. This year will be no different. I arranged two large containers next to the deck. There is room on the little patio at the foot of the deck stairs... for two chairs and a small table. The containers are in front and in the full sun. Chairs back against the house in the shade. I made a plan...I would plant two patio tomatoes in those pots. They would be close to the house and easy to water. My container in the nearby garden will have lettuces and herbs. I'll tell you more about the other containers tomorrow. I'm getting excited about this project...I hope my excitement rubs off on Joe.