So I puttered in the herb garden for a while, and he encouraged the swarm into a hive box.
Adam dislikes wisteria, a vine that climbs and strangles trees. But it's so beautiful!! We have it in our pine trees.
So once again, we will have over 100 tomato plants. We don't want to be overrun as we were last year, so I plan to give away lots of plants. Lots.
And because I used Adam's homemade compost for my potting soil (which is wonderful stuff, btw), and because we threw literally hundreds of rotting tomatoes into the compost last summer/fall during the height of the season ... and because those seeds were then transferred into my potting soil ... I can't absolutely guarantee that the tomato plants I have growing so healthily are TRULY the variety I think they are. I may have put two Brandywine seeds into that little cell of potting soil, but who knows if there was a tiny Chocolate Cherry seed hiding in there too? Argh. Live and learn. Next year Adam will bake his compost and kill off any residual seeds that might corrupt the potting soil.
So ... this will be the year of the mystery tomato plants!