Everyone knows that homegrown tomatoes are superior to what you can find in the store, but what can you do when you live in Sisters, Oregon, where the growing season is short?
Grandpa knew just what to do; he went out to the backyard and started digging a hole deep enough for a man to stand up in, and long enough and wide enough to plant more than enough tomatoes for himself and Grandma.
Some naysayers might have questioned his plan, but the garden bunker gradually took shape. The transparent roof went on, the watering system was installed, the beds were ready to plant. That year, Grandpa spent a lot of time underground, and his efforts paid off in a spectacular fashion.
Thanks to the insulating earth, the warmth inside that underground greenhouse extended the growing season significantly, and homegrown tomatoes became a nearly year-round crop for Grandpa and Grandma.
|Photo: Grandpa stands next to a massive tomato plant which is growing in his underground greenhouse.|
Thanks for hardworking, innovative relatives.